Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

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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

39 Sep 1, 2015
Reply by Jan van Cappelle

String lenght and pitch?

  I have an eight course renaissance lute with a 600mm string length. What would the proper pitch be for this instrument? And, what tuning?…

Started by Fernando Kurka

5 Dec 12, 2014
Reply by Fernando Kurka

Lutes and vihuelas made by Stephen Barber

I would be very pleased to hear from any member who has bought a lute or vihuela from Stephen Barber and has experienced problems with it.…

Started by Steve Walter

0 Nov 20, 2014

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

8 Jul 14, 2014
Reply by hans jones

Where to put the bourdon?

Hello folks,   Recently I purchased a beautiful renaissance guitar made by Mr. Forrester, the image of which I use for my avatar.  It had b…

Started by Akira Sakamoto

10 Jul 2, 2014
Reply by Akira Sakamoto

damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????

I am considering purchasing a replica of a Lacote. I was talking to Luthier today about adding an end pin or button in order to be able to…

Started by mike

6 Jun 25, 2014
Reply by Peter Forrester


hi everyone! so i've picked up an incomplete renaissance guitar from Prof. Joseph Mayes of New Jersey, and thought to ask the forum about…

Started by Edward C. Yong

4 May 23, 2014
Reply by Edward C. Yong

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 Cupak

10 Mar 1, 2014
Reply by Peter Forrester

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


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