Early Guitars and Vihuela

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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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Northeastern USA substitute for pearwood?

I'm just really getting started on my newest build, which is a vihuela de mano. I'm in the New York City area, and have been trying to stic…

Started by Dino Silone

1 Sep 1
Reply by William Kramer-Harrison

Parchment alternatives

My Renaissance Guitar needs a rose, but I have never made one. Parchment is ridiculously expensive, especially if you need some spares in c…

Started by Tristan von Neumann

3 Jun 18
Reply by Tristan von Neumann

String Height Adjustment on Saddleless Tie Bridge

Hi Folks, I am building my first Romantic Guitar and have no experience with this type of bridge. How much vertical adjustment is possible…

Started by Stephen Turns

5 May 2
Reply by James Westbrook

Stauffer Style build

Hi All, I'm a new member here. I build guitars and teach people to build guitars. This is my first romantic period build. It is a Stauffer…

Started by Martin Taylor

5 Aug 11, 2022
Reply by Martin Taylor

Building a "common string set" for renaissance guitar, baroque guitar, and viola da mano?

Hi all!  I'm planning to buy strings (not gut, maybe nylgut or nylon or ...) for three instruments, all tuned to A=440: a renaissance guit…

Started by Mark Hoemmen

3 Aug 5, 2021
Reply by Martyn Hodgson


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

3 Jul 23, 2021
Reply by James Westbrook

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, 2021
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, 2021

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, 2021
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


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