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Hi Mr Sakamoto,
How much does your Renaissance guitar costs? Does it sounds different in tone from the baroque guitar?
Hope to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by. Although I would rather like to refrain from disclosing the price, one thing for sure is that the instrument was well worth the money. The guitar came in an excellent condition with almost no trace of usage except for the fret marks. One big bonus is, as mentioned above, that the great Nigel North recorded with the same Forrester guitar strung with the real gut, which is a great reference of how this particular guitar should sound like. Mine is strung with the real gut now and I cannot hope for more!
Thanks for your reply. I also hope you can tell me if I build a baroque guitar using tropical wood ( I live in malaysia , tropical climate) for the sound board would it affect the tone very much? Should I buy wood ( spruce, cedar, rosewood ) from some of the websites.
I am using a spanish made classical guitar for playing baroque guitar music but I really would like to use a baroque guitar.
As for the tone of the guitar, I cannot say for sure because I haven't yet heard the sound of a baroque guitar live yet. That said, Nigel North says in his linar notes for his "Guitar Collection" album mentioned above that "I begin with the smallest, lightest and most lute-sounding instrument, the 16th century 4 course guitar..." and "the guitar was often constructed with a vaulted back which gave it a lute-like sound."
You posted while I'm typing my postscript here!
As for the wood for the guitar, many members here who are luthiers will give you more definite answers. So far as I'm aware, the only guitar-family instruments that uses tropical wood for the soundboards are ukuleles (Koa, Mahogany, Rosewood) and steel string guitars like Martin 000-15 (mahogany. some other special Martins use Koa for the top). I would guess it is better to use spruce for the soundboard for any historical instruments including baroque guitars. The online shops like Stewart-MacDonald or Luthiers Marcantile International would be handy and good sorces for tonewoods like spruce for soundboards and woods for sides and backs.
Hope this would be of any help.
Oops, sorry for my typo:
"Marcantile" should be "Mercantile".