Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Instrument Building, Repair, and Strings (78)

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How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.

Hello folks,I'm just wondering... how did they paint the necks black, back in 19th cent. on early romantic guitars? How would you restore s…

Started by Marek Cupák

10 Mar 1
Reply by Peter Forrester

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

4 Feb 15
Reply by hans jones

Invitation to event organizers from LuthierBuilt

I want to invite any of you who organize music festivals, workshops, instrument and maker showcases, or other worth music gatherings to pos…

Started by Bob Newby

0 Nov 25, 2013

the history of the guitar strings

In my search for new stringmakers I've come across different types of strings. Escpecially the bass strings with a gut core instead of silk…

Started by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen

2 Oct 21, 2013
Reply by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen

looking for vihuela plans


Started by Paul Tuger

1 Aug 21, 2013
Reply by Jelma van Amersfoort

Reccomendations for restoration of late Baroque guitar

I've jut purchased a late Baroque guitar that I think was originally a 5 course instrument, but is currently set up or 6 strings. It has th…

Started by av8t0r

35 Jun 11, 2013
Reply by av8t0r

Material for vihuela rosette

Hi all, how are you? Could you help me with a vihuela rose? I have made some with parchment, with good results. But now I am trying one w…

Started by Rodrigo Mateus

14 Mar 11, 2013
Reply by Rodrigo Mateus

luthiers 1770 - 1850

I have added a list of 297 guitar builders between ca 1770-1850 on my page. Not complete of course... If someone has information about a gu…

Started by Hans Kockelmans

38 Feb 1, 2013
Reply by Thomas Schmitt

New project

Hello group.  I have made over 100 instruments in the last twenty years including many early instruments.  It has been my intention to make…

Started by Dave Bucher

7 Jan 30, 2013
Reply by Alan Arthur Suits

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

35 Jan 16, 2013
Reply by sergio muselli


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