Tag luthiers

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…

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…

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…

Wooden Soul: Austrian luthier Tobias Braun

Filmmaker Carlo Hofmann via his Vimeo channel looks at the work of the Austrian guitar maker Tobias Braun. I like how Braun talks about peoples what it feels like to be in his shop. It’s like stepping into the past! Also, how…

Elevated Fingerboards on Classical Guitars

Elevated Fingerboard (or raised fingerboard) is actually a bit of misleading name as it’s the top of the guitar that slopes down. Nevertheless, I will never go back to playing guitars without a raised (elevated) fingerboard. They are simply easier…

Joachim Tielke Guitar ca. 1695–99

I have to remember to follow the tagline of the site and explore classical guitar through multimedia. Images of guitars need to be up on my list. Guitar, ca. 1695–99 Joachim Tielke (German, 1641–1719) Wood, ivory, ebony The Baroque guitar…

Peter Oberg glues and clamps a top

Oberg glues a top onto the body of the guitar. I’d be way to frightened to attempt this. That is pretty much all I can say. Interest video. Luthier, guitarist, and composer Peter Oberg demonstrates his method for gluing and…

Timeline Photos of a Peter Oberg Guitar

I love watching these timelines of luthier work. It always amazes me the amount of time and fancy contraptions needed for building classical guitars. A construction timeline slideshow of luthier Peter Oberg building a Madagascar Rosewood and Bearclaw Cedar classical…

In Memoriam – Gabriel Fleta

Some sad news via GSI: The guitar world lost one of its most important figures this month with the passing of Gabriel Fleta Sr., son of Ignacio Fleta and father to Gabriel Jr. Though not as well known as his…