Archive for the ‘La Bella 820’ Category

Jorge de Zofia A1F Cedar Blanca cracks again

January 9, 2017

I have two guitars that have been made by Jorge.  I prefer my Blanca (Cedar Top- Spanish Cyprus Back & Sides) for tone and feel over the Negra (Redwood Top-Madagascar Back & Sides) . But before I even was able to play it it was cracked on the back.  The first time the crack may have happened in shipping, maybe due to the battery not being taken out or shipping/handling.  The guitar was in a BAM Guitar Case.  The guitar is only two and a hafe years old.  Recently this summer the fretboard started to crack near the sound hole between the A and D string.  Below is the crack.

The guitar has lived in great humidity 55-65% and generally 72 degrees in a  BAM case.  I do have a LR Baggs Dual Source Pickup system in the guitar.  I was able to do the repair myself after talking to a few luthiers.  I did ask Jorge for input but never heard from him.  I used glue from Stewart Mac Donald and ebony shavings to fix the crack.


La Bella 820 Red Nylon Flamenco Guitar Strings

December 11, 2016

I put on the La Bella 820’s on my Jorge De Zofia A1F Blanca Cedar Top Flamenco Guitar.  I have been using LaBella Medium 2001 and Daddario EJ45, EJ45C, EJ25B,and EJ25C.  I think I have found my new favorite string.  I will post more in a week and after a few sets.  I think they feel great, sound great and have defined rich quick tone.   I also like the wine colored red “Cabernet Sauvignon”is what I’m calling them. 


So hears my update on LaBella 820 Red new improved string set for Flamenco Guitar. I like them on my Cedar Cyprus Blanca JDZ. The trebles have lasted 4 1/2 weeks and the bass strings 2 1/2 weeks I think I could get 3-4 weeks on bass strings but they were wearing out and I did not want to break a string live. The tone is just a bit brighter than say DAddario EJ45 but very similar to EJ25C. They feel good to me the bass strings snap and sizzle and tune up very quickly. They also can produce nice warmth. When you dig in you can appreciate the responce and clarity of tone produced. The trebles are red like a nice Cabernet red wine. I like the color. They are rectified nylon so they are not as smooth or glassy like the LaBella 2001. I have played them with my fingers and a nylon DAVA pick. I like the sensitivity of the string as it reproduces great tone from the slightest touch to being able to reproduce great tone when I dig in too. They do feel different from what I’m used to but I like them and ordering from Strings By Mail, Sweetwater 6.49 or LaBella is a breeze. LaBella also has great customer service.