Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Instrument Building, Repair, and Strings (103)

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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

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


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