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