Category Luthiery & Design

Thomas Viloteau Plays Caterete by Sergio Assad

French guitarist Thomas Viloteau plays Caterete, written by Sergio Assad on a guitar made by Bastien Burlot. Notice that this guitar has no soundhole…it frightens me. It’s like looking at a face with no eyes..or eye holes I guess. I…

Interview with Luthier Kris Barnett

“Austin Classical Guitar interviews Kris Barnett in his guitar workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. He speaks about the makings of a guitar, and the work & passion put into it.” This come via the Austin Classical Guitar Society on YouTube. It’s…

Luthier Q&A: Interview with Marcus Dominelli

A big thank you to Marcus Dominelli for this great interview. Marcus is always willing to sit down and have a talk with me over some coffee and answer my many guitar questions. He’s a friendly guy and always very interested…

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…