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O'Brien Classical Nylon, Indian Rosewood | Lindsay Straw

Though he may be a well-rounded luthier these days, crafting everything from nylon-string to electric guitars, Robert O'Brien got his start building in the classical guitar world with renowned Brazilian luthier Antonio Tessarin and Spanish luthier José Romanillos. His roots as a fine nylon-string builder show through on this standard model classical. Rich and resonant from low to high, the bass on this guitar is strong and commanding, while the trebles sing and sparkle above. The generously wide neck with its 2-1/8" nut width gives plenty of room for pulling off complicated right hand picking patterns, while the excellent set-up and playability make left hand execution easy, even for steel-string players. An ultra-thin French polish finish protects the woods while inhibiting vibration as little as possible. For specs and photos: Lindsay is playing one of the Leo Brouwer etudes. #classicalguitar #nylonstringguitar
O'Brien Classical Nylon, Indian Rosewood | Lindsay Straw
YOHAM ORTIZ Carabine del Emigrante
YOHAM ORTIZ Best of Ourselves
Paco plays the Cardboard Guitar II
Jim Deeming plays Traveling Clothes by Tommy Emmanuel
Jim Deeming plays The Claw by Jerry Reed
Paco Chorobo plays the cardboard guitar built by O'Brien Guitars
O'Brien Guitars - Flamenco Guitar
O'Brien Guitars - Flamenco Guitar II
O'Brien Guitars - Flamenco Guitar III
O'Brien Guitars - Sons de carrilhões
O'Brien Guitars - Classical Bocote with cedar top
O'Brien Guitars - Spruce soundboard classical
Sebastian Graham plays his O'Brien 7 string classical
O'Brien Guitars at GFA 2016
Luis Francisco Venegas plays an O'Brien Guitar at GFA convention Denver 2016
Richard Bruné plays the cardboard guitar
GFA convention Denver 2016
O'Brien Guitars Bocote classical Guitar
O'Brien Guitars Brazilian rosewood classical
Xuan Nguyen plays The Cardboard Guitar - O'Brien Guitars
Xuan Nguyen Plays The Cardboard Guitar
The Cardboard Guitar - O'Brien Guitars
O'Brien 7 string classical guitar
Jorge Figuera plays the guitar he built at O'Brien Guitars
Fingerstyle guitarist, Jim Deeming, plays The Water is Wide
Fingerstyle guitarist, Jim Deeming, plays Ashokan Farewell
O'Brien Guitars - Lamentos do Morro
Jim Deeming plays Struttin' on his O'Brien Guitar
Jim Deeming plays Pick in my pocket
O'Brien Guitars custom OM model guitar
O'Brien Guitars Classical Guitar Played By Euclides Marques
Venezuelan waltz 3 performed by Euclides Marques on a 7 string guitar by O'Brien Guitars
O'Brien Guitars 7 string classical model played by Euclides Marques
Brazilian Rosewood Classical Guitar from O'Brien Guitars
Michael Chapdelaine playing an O'Brien Guitars OM model
Michael Chapdelaine plays The Orchid Guitar built by Robert O'Brien
Michael Chapdelaine playing The Orchid Guitar built by Robert O'Brien
Michael Chapdelaine playing an OM model O'Brien Guitar
Michael Chapdelaine playing an O'Brien Guitar
Michael Chapdelaine playing an OM model O'Brien Guitar
Euclides Marques plays Escovado by Ernesto Nazareth on a 7 string guitar built by Antonio Tessarin
Robert O'Brien Fine Classical Guitars

About My Video Series

Luthier Tips du Jour

In 2008 I started a free instructional video series on Youtube called Luthier Tips du Jour. This series has become very popular the world over and has grown to be a very inclusive “How to” video library. It continues to grow as I add more videos every few weeks to the already extensive list.

How I began the Luthier Tips du Jour series is an interesting story. I literally had the idea come to me in the shower one morning. Not knowing anything about video editing or even camera work I almost gave up on several occasions. In the beginning I was spending more than 40 hours to produce a 5 minute video. It took an exacting toll on me, my shop time and my personal life. LMI turned me onto some video editing software and that helped considerably. I now am able to edit the videos much quicker but still spend a considerable amount of time to produce the videos. It has been a huge learning curve for me and I continue to learn more about video production with each video I produce. You will notice as you watch the videos that over time the quality of the editing has improved considerably.

The second largest viewing audience I have comes from Brazil. In February of 2009 Cesar Tessarin suggested adding English and Portuguese subtitles to the videos and then took on the task of translating the audio and including the subtitles for both languages in the videos! This is also a monumental task and I am very grateful to Cesar for taking this on. Using the CC option on Youtube allows the viewer to then have the subtitles translated into any other language. Having the Portuguese subtitles allows the Youtube CC translation to be more true to the original when translating to other Latin based languages than if it were being translated from English.

Luthiers Mercantile International proudly sponsors the Luthier Tips du Jour videos. In addition to LMI, videos 1-65 also say sponsored by the Red Rocks Community College School of Lutherie. I started that program in 2003 and grew it to International recognition with over 100 students per semester. However, I left the college in March of 2012 and am no longer associated with the school. Videos after number 65 reflect this.

I hope you enjoy the videos and appreciate my efforts.

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Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag

Over the years I have gotten many emails from viewers around the world asking questions on topics they have seen in my Luthier Tips du Jour videos. So, in January of 2013 I decided to address some of these questions in a new series called Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag. These videos are not subtitled.

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Product Videos

I have been asked to do many product demo and instructional videos. Since I am a consultant for LMI I do most of the videos for the products they develop. These are available here as well as on DVD’s when you purchase the products from them. Some of these videos are short demo videos while others are very in depth instructional videos on how to set up and use different products.

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Robert’s Guitars

If you have ever wondered what an O'Brien Guitar sounds like, here are a bunch of videos of folks playing his guitars.

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Instruments built by students

Many folks come to O'Brien Guitars every year and build their guitars with Robert. Here are some videos of those guitars.

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Many of the repairs I do in my shop have been documented on video. Check out these videos to see some of the scope of my work. If you want to go more in depth and see more details about some of the repairs, check out my Repair and Restoration Course. Greg Maxwell also has a Setup and Repair Course that you will find useful.

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Live Streams

Do you want to learn more about all things lutherie related and have some fun doing it? Then check out this list of my Live Stream videos. Some of the guests on my Live Streams are the best in the business and willingly share information and their experiences with the viewers in an interactive and fun format!

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Builder's Showcase

This series of videos was the brainchild of friend and fellow luthier, Elaine seat. She invited members of my invitation only private Google Chat Group to showcase their work using the Zoom platform. Viewers were able to ask questions about their work and guitars. A lot of useful information was freely shared.

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Other Videos

Here you will find a bunch of my other videos. These range from videos of guitars produced in my private guitar building classes to videos of artists playing some of my guitars as well as interviews with people like renowned luthier José Romanillos.

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