Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Instrument Building, Repair, and Strings (103)

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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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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

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


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