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Renaissance guitar technique?
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I've just refurbished my old 4c renaissance guitar that up until now has been used only for chordal accompaniment.I'm tackling some of the Morlaye and Le Roy pieces now that the instrument is greatly…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Akira Sakamoto Jul 2, 2014.

Hole punches?
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I wonder if anybody can direct me to a source of punches for making the tiny holes in the parchment of a guitar rose?All the commercial punches I have found so far go no smaller than 2mm and I'd…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mikko Ikäheimo Dec 6, 2011.

Soundboard edge
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I'm repairing a simple 4c guitar that I made 35 years ago.  The soundboard has been off a couple of times in its history (and again today) and the edges are starting to get a bit ratty.  It's a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Samson Oct 18, 2011.

Multi-part guitar ribs - at what stage are they bent?
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First of all, thanks are due to the many makers who shared their wisdom on the question of molds.A related question now - Many early guitars have stripey ribs, made from two or more pieces of wood. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Samson Nov 5, 2011.


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At 11:01 on September 9, 2015, Tom Monaghan said…
Bill, on Soundcloud you have this: https://soundcloud.com/billsamson/courante-and-double-anon. Can you tell me where you got the picture from and who it's by?
At 17:24 on October 3, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…
Yes, Gordon was on form on Saturday. Really enjoyable music. Now you'll have to make one...
At 17:07 on October 3, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…
Welcome, Bill. Good to see you here!

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