Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Sources for vihuela plans and/or technical discussion?

Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum and the site, and was very happy to find it. I've built a few instruments, currently finishing up a T…

Started by Dino Silone

7 Mar 13
Reply by Dino Silone

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

0 Mar 11

man-hours to make a baroque guitar, and archlute

Hi friends, Could anyone please tell me the difference in man-hours to make a baroque guitar, (without the rosette) vs. an archlute, or any…

Started by Claudio Solares

4 Mar 5
Reply by Jan van Cappelle

Buying Baroque Guitar Strings

I have a student who has recently bought a second-hand baroque guitar, and wishes to buy a set of strings, nylon or nylgut. I tried Bridgew…

Started by Rob MacKillop

39 Jan 14
Reply by Monica Hall

thickness of back staves in baroque vaulted-back guitars

Hello, I am delighted to join the EGV community !Do you have any recommandations for the thickness of back staves in vaulted-back baroque g…

Started by Nicolas Eterradossi

4 Jan 8
Reply by Nicolas Eterradossi

What guitar is this?

Good evening, I've just bought for few cents this guitar. Seems to be interesting for me - kind of romantic.90,50 cm long. But has anyone i…

Started by Adalbert Arbuscula

4 Oct 7, 2016
Reply by Bill Brettschneider

viola da gamba

This is not really a vihuela/early guitar topic, but was wondering if anybody on the forum could help me with the setup (bridge height etc)…

Started by andrew edwards

1 Apr 17, 2016
Reply by Bill Brettschneider

Parchment preparation?

Hello wood comrades! I'm building my first baroque guitar and I'm somewhat stuck with the parchment rosette. I've bought some parchment but…

Started by Antonio Hernández

2 Jan 26, 2016
Reply by Antonio Hernández

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

2 Jan 19, 2016
Reply by Mark Day

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

1 Jan 14, 2016
Reply by Alan Clark


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