Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

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A free set of Vihuela plans

As a little summer surprise I've shared one of my building plans for free. A year ago some of my friends and students at the Bouwerskonta…

Started by Jan van CappelleLatest Reply

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I only joined recently as I was looking for more information I found pictured in one of the discussions.   It just occurred to me this is t…

Started by Greig Hutton

2 May 25
Reply by George Foster

Romantic guitars (Panormo) soundboard varnished

Are  soundboards of guitars of the Panormo workshop 2nd quarter of 19th Cent. varnished? If they are, with what, French polishing/shellac?…

Started by Dr. Henner Kahlert

6 Mar 15
Reply by Martyn Hodgson

Italien baroque guitar flat back bracing

Dear Luthiers, I have a question about bars on Italian flat back baroque guitars. As I understood, french guitars have a thicker back witho…

Started by Daniel Josua König

0 Mar 13

Strad baroque guitar belly scoop? Lundberg

Hello, Robert Lundberg mentions a "scoop" planed into the ribs of a lute, thereby creating a depression in the belly, in order to create mo…

Started by Tommy Coleman

3 Mar 5
Reply by Andrew Hartig

Alan Clark: Anyone who knows someting about this luthier?

In 1978 I purchased an eight-course Student Lute from Spanish Guitar Centre in Bristol, UK, for £230 excl. VAT and shipping costs to Norway…

Started by Harry Jess

6 Nov 18, 2020
Reply by geoffrey bowen

Swedish baroque lute need strings

Hello,  I have recently bought a swedish baroque lute which i will be fixing so it's playable again. Therefore i will be needing some new s…

Started by Frederik Ryding

6 Jun 12, 2020
Reply by Noé-Merlin-Stanislas Gremaud

Any ideas what it is??

Hello to all, This worn old instrument is waiting on my desk, and I have no idea what it should be. Saddle repair and crack fixing is ongoi…

Started by Michael

6 Apr 29, 2020
Reply by Martyn Hodgson

Neck reset advice for early romantic guitar

Hello all,  I have what I think to be a circa 1830s guitar  (which, interestingly, is almost the exact body outline of the Lacote guitar th…

Started by Christopher Davies

4 Feb 23, 2020
Reply by Christopher Davies

Help with identifying guitar.

An ex colleague of mine who knows I play guitar & lute, sent me some photos of a guitar and asked if I knew anything about it. There is…

Started by Steve Metcalfe

3 Feb 4, 2020
Reply by Steve Metcalfe

Asymmetry in 19th Century Guitar Shapes

I haven't posted for a long time. But I've been checking on you folks often. So today I decided to get back into it. I have a question for…

Started by Scot Tremblay

4 Mar 13, 2019
Reply by Poul Hansen


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