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Fingerstyle blues virtuoso Mary Flower demonstrates her vintage-inspired flattop.

by Teja Gerken
January 26, 2016

While the majority of vintage-inspired flattop guitars are based on classic designs by Gibson and Martin, luthier Todd Cambio styles his Fraulini line after instruments built by Oscar Schmidt, Stella, Stahl, and other brands popular with blues guitarists from the turn of the century to the 1930s. Fraulini guitars have become the instruments of choice for many of today’s finest players of early blues styles, including Paul Geremia, Craig Ventresco, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Mary Flower, who demonstrates her Fraulini Angelina model in this video.

Based on a 1920s Oscar Schmidt design, the Angelina has a grand concert body, a 14-fret neck, ladder bracing, an unusual inlaid pickguard, and distinctive mosaic purfling. Mary’s guitar is built with a spruce top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides. The guitar includes a Highlander undersaddle pickup.

Watch Mary talk about why the Fraulini has become her guitar of choice and play her tune “So Far Doin’ Alright.”

To see Mary teach her original blues-ragtime piece “Ruckus Rag,” enroll in Peghead Nation’s Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop today. maryflower.com


Category: Instruments & Gear

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Posted by Hillary Stoltz on
Mary is my kinda gal as is her music; this was a wonderful and interesting presentation! Thank you so much.
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