Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Instrument Building, Repair, and Strings (85)

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Renaissance guitar makers

Hi everyone, Could you suggest any renaissance guitar makers on the East Coast of the U.S.? Or, maybe, someone who wants to sell a used ins…

Started by Dmitry Medvedev

3 Nov 18
Reply by Kerry Alt

Finish for vihuela

Would FP shellac be to soft for the neck of a vihuela, would the fret gut mark it. What finish would you recommend?

Started by andrew edwards

0 Oct 20

Baroque guitar neck/body joint advice

I am planning to use a wedged Spanish heel for the neck/body joint of the baroque guitar I am trying to build (as described in Peter Forres…

Started by Gavin Cawley

4 Sep 22
Reply by Gavin Cawley

Books on baroque guitar construction

  I am planning to build myself a baroque guitar (based on either the 1688 or 1700 Stradivari), can anyone recommend a reference book that…

Started by Gavin Cawley

39 Sep 1
Reply by Jan van Cappelle


I joined recently at the suggestion of someone I communicated with on the internet, to hopefully get information on a guitar I got a few ye…

Started by Joel Rosinsky

4 Jan 5
Reply by Sinier de Ridder

String lenght and pitch?

  I have an eight course renaissance lute with a 600mm string length. What would the proper pitch be for this instrument? And, what tuning?…

Started by Fernando Kurka

5 Dec 12, 2014
Reply by Fernando Kurka

Lutes and vihuelas made by Stephen Barber

I would be very pleased to hear from any member who has bought a lute or vihuela from Stephen Barber and has experienced problems with it.…

Started by Steve Walter

0 Nov 20, 2014

help needed old guitar

My craft work is reasonable. How would be the best way to take on repairing the missing 'vine work ?'  ornate work.  Acceptable is what I a…

Started by hans jones

8 Jul 14, 2014
Reply by hans jones

Where to put the bourdon?

Hello folks,   Recently I purchased a beautiful renaissance guitar made by Mr. Forrester, the image of which I use for my avatar.  It had b…

Started by Akira Sakamoto

10 Jul 2, 2014
Reply by Akira Sakamoto

damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????

I am considering purchasing a replica of a Lacote. I was talking to Luthier today about adding an end pin or button in order to be able to…

Started by mike

6 Jun 25, 2014
Reply by Peter Forrester


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