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…

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 what it feels like to be in his shop. It’s like stepping into the past! Also, how the…

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

Guitar, ca. 1695–99Joachim Tielke (German, 1641–1719)Wood, ivory, ebony The Baroque guitar is similar in shape and body to earlier guitars, but is typified by five double courses of strings (which appeared as early as the late fifteenth century). From about…

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…