I'm a retired Senior High School teacher with an MA-degree in History, Religion and English. I have been playing the guitar with irregular inactive intervals nearly all my life, I have never had any formal instruction, but have picked it up using several Teach Yourself books, esp. those of F. Noad. Thirty years ago I bought a Student Lute made by Alan Clarke, but have always found it a bit difficult to handle, the bowl slipping around in my lap etc. Therefore I bought a small vihuela two months ago, I like the guitar shape of this instrument better than the slippery bowl of the lute! I have an Alhambra 6c with Cedar top, and in two weeks I will get a new Loriente Clarita with Spruce top after having listened to the "expert reviewers" of Classical Guitar Forum. I do look forward to that! I have also converted my first smallish classic into a baroque guitar by installing 3 extra pegs and stringing it with baroque strings from Strings by Mail, and I think the result was good. I use the French tuning with octaves on the fourth course and unisons on the 5th and play Corbetta, de Visee. Sanz and others. But I wanted the real thing so 16 months ago ordered a Voboam from Luciano Faria of Brazil. It should have been ready for shipment in February but I am still waiting! So if anyone here knows something about Luciano, please let me know. 11 months ago I also ordered a Renaissance Guitar Kit from Giuseppe Tumiati of Italy, I was promised to get it before last Xmas, but now I am happy if I get before this year's Xmas! I also possess an Aria Sinsonido ,good for playing when other persons are to bed . I have a wife, 4 married daughters, one married son and 11 grandchildren. This in a nutshell the story of my life!
Actually, I heat the gut with a soldering iron or the like while it is tied on . Obviously being really careful so as not to mar the finish on the neck. I will try to film a video and post it for a better description.
Thanks for the link. Sounds great! I have been looking at the TiendasLatinas Boutique site and noticed the baroque guitars are all somewhat different. What kind of directions did you give the luthier? I have sent him some questions but have not heard back yet. I sent Luciano an email from a different address asking him if he is taking new orders. He replied that he in not taking any orders at this point as he has 12 instruments to complete. I hope ours is amongst those!
Hi Harry. That guitar is actually an anonymous American 19th century copy by Tim Laughlin (built in 1995) with a 150+ year old piece of spruce for the soundboard. Sounds and plays great but is currently getting a crack in the bridge repaired (those darn bridge pins are nothing but trouble). Glad to hear that you have some reassurance on your instrument.