Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

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Comment by Bernie Lehmann on April 2, 2017 at 18:59

Using a compensated saddle is the only way to make sure the guitar plays in tune.  On the Panormo models I have angled the saddle a bit and angled the bridge a little bit too so it doesn't show as much.  Modern players are demanding about good intonation.  I used a nut width of 1 7/8" (47.5mm) because it is a comfortable width to play on.  It is a personal preference of course and luthiers have always built to custom specs.  I use a bolt-on neck for modern preferences as well.  Less damage is caused by the inevitable  neck reset.  Sometimes, but not with this guitar, I inlay carbon graphite in the neck for stability.  Years ago I repaired a lot of original early guitars and had to deal with many problems that luthiers have since improved upon.  I decided not to copy mistakes but to build models in the spirit of the originals for the modern player.

Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on April 2, 2017 at 18:24

Dear Bernie, thanks for the great images. What is your philosophy about the modifications you made to the original Renault & Chatelain design? I think you added a compensated bridge, widened the fingerboard and changed the inlay here and there. It would be interesting to hear your reasons. 

Comment by Bernie Lehmann on March 17, 2017 at 16:05

1789 Renault & Chatelain reproduction. The original in in the Musee de Musique, Paris.

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