Category Luthiery & Design

Bracing Styles for Classical Guitars

This is a guest post by luthier Marcus Dominelli, Victoria, BC, Canada. I’d like to discuss the basics of bracing used in classical guitar making. This article is intended for those who know little about how classical guitars are made;…

Before & After Finishing: A Sound Comparison

Luthier Douglass Scott explores the sound of his guitars before and after applying French polish (Oil varnish back, sides & neck, French polish on soundboard). Read his notes and listen to samples here. To my ears it might sound a…

Marcin Dylla Plays Tárrega on Six Different Guitars

When I first saw this title on YouTube I thought I’d have to hear the piece six times in a row (am I in purgatory?) but they clipped it all together into one performance switching to different guitars. Much better.…

Hotlink: Douglass Scott Rosette Tribute to Manuel Velazquez

Fellow Vancouver Islander and luthier Douglass Scott has a nice little article about making some rosettes in tribute of Manuel Velazquez who passed away in April. Via his blog. I love his updates, he always includes some personal reflections and…

Luthier Douglass Scott Reviews Tuning Machines

Luthier and Vancouver Island friend Douglass Scott reviews a number of tuning machines. Great little post! He looks at: Gilbert, Gotoh, Sloane, Alessi, and Baljak models. Visit his blog to read the review: Thoughts On Tuning Machines Image source and…

Microtonal Guitar (Fixed Fret) by Tolgahan Çoğulu

A great demo by Tolgahan Çoğulu. Great playing too. I’ve only dabbled with microtonal music but having a fixed fret guitar would really help the process. However, depending on the composer or style of music you might need many different…

Hotlink: Wenge Back & Sides | Scott Classical Guitars

Wenge (pronounced weng-gay) wood for the back and sides of a new Scott Guitar. #alternativetonewood The tap tone was what won my curiosity initially, but I’d heard from a couple of other luthiers that wenge has a great sound. Now…

Interview and New Guitar by Luthier Douglass Scott

I was very pleased to have a nice visit the other day by luthier Douglass Scott. Douglass came over to my home in Victoria where we also had a good chat with Marcus Dominelli. Douglass sets up shop in Ladysmith on Vancouver…

Harp–lute by Edward Light

Harp–lute, ca. 1815 Edward Light (English, active 1780–1820) London Wood, lacquered and gilded; H. 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm); W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted…

Taso Comanescu plays Tarrega on a 1890 Torres

A very nice performance of Tarrega’s Adelita by Taso Comanescu via GSI. The 1890 guitar Antonio de Torres sounds great. Need some Tarrega this Christmas? Francisco Tarrega – The Complete Early Spanish Editions Video Link & Quote Source:  Guitar: 1890 Antonio de Torres.…

David Starobin plays Matiegka on a period Lacôte

Another great performance from David Starobin, this time of Menuetto (Presto) in G major, op. 20, no. 10 by Wenzeslaus Matiegka (1773–1830). He’s playing guitar made by René François Lacôte (1785–1855) with a label signed by the virtuoso guitarist Fernando Sor (1778–1839)…