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1830 Johann Georg Stauffer Legnani model

a rare guitar by the famous father, not the son or the Company. Maple back and sides (of course), fixed neck. It was used as a part of a recording project and I have the recording, but it was…Continue

Started Jan 17

Guitar Making in Nineteenth-Century London: Louis Panormo and his Contemporaries

Dear Colleagues,I would like to draw your attention to my new publication:Guitar Making in Nineteenth-Century London: Louis Panormo and his ContemporariesIt is a luxury A4 size hard-back publication…Continue

Started Jan 17

London made guitar attributed to Longman c. 1810s when Sor was in London Preston

This is what many people mistake as by Preston. Plays and sounds well, fully restored. Condition a bit rough. Original case! please contact me for detailed photos, measurements etc. Buyer pays for…Continue

Tags: London, for, sale, guitar, century

Started Jul 10, 2021

Original 19th century guitar attributed to Guiot, Panormo model

Guiot (attributed) Long, but well, repaired back crack, replaced bridge, otherwise good, Rosewood back and sides, nice original tuners. 630mm. fanbraced Panormo 'Spanish' model No case £1,200Buyer…Continue

Tags: for, sale, guitar, century, Guiot

Started Jul 10, 2021


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James Westbrook posted discussions
Jan 17
James Westbrook and Stephen Turns are now friends
Jan 17
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Anyone care to identify this early guitar?
"a photo of one I once had, and another from a book. Please remember, I am not saying that it IS  by the Roudhloffs. "
Nov 30, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Anyone care to identify this early guitar?
"you are right 1810s"
Nov 30, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Anyone care to identify this early guitar?
"It's 100%  French (100% not Italian), Mirecourt. possible an early Roudhloff. They sometimes stamped their guitars inside on the linings. But never seen their decoration (inlays) in that style. "
Nov 30, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Robert Strong's discussion WANTED: Affordable Lacote Style Guitar
"I have an original Lacote school guitar in need of restoration, for £750 if you can fund a lutheir who would like to take on the project? Just an idea. email me at j@theguitarmuaseum.com for photos if you like?"
Jun 27, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Stephen Turns's discussion String Height Adjustment on Saddleless Tie Bridge
"That's strange? Sorry about that. Please try again, but ccing it to my other address jrw84@cantab.net (I prefer the guitar museum, because it is easier to use and I check it every few mins (the other one, I forget). Thank you, James"
May 2, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Stephen Turns's discussion String Height Adjustment on Saddleless Tie Bridge
"I have 3 original 6-course guitars and I had a Martinez a few years ago. If you email me I can tell you more about the action. j@theguitarmuseum.com"
May 1, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Stephen Turns's discussion String Height Adjustment on Saddleless Tie Bridge
"Good question. I think you can adjust the string height more on these sort of bridges, than you can with ones with saddles (without the saddle being too high or too low). I've never measured it, and I am sure other people on this forum can…"
Apr 30, 2023
James Westbrook left a comment for Axel Klein
"Hello. I don't really use this site. best to email me at j@theguitarmuseum.com"
Mar 21, 2023
James Westbrook and Axel Klein are now friends
Mar 21, 2023
James Westbrook replied to Martin Taylor's discussion Stauffer Style build
"Congratulations; you are obviously a very good craftsman. Would you consider staining the head veneer black to be more harmonious with the fingerboard and bridge? A different school, but I noticed that when the Cadiz makers of the late 18th to early…"
Aug 11, 2022
James Westbrook replied to Ian Salter's discussion NEW MEMBER REQUEST: GUITAR IDENTIFICATION.
"German made c. 1900"
Feb 10, 2022
James Westbrook replied to Greig Hutton's discussion UNUSUAL MARTIN GUITARS
"I’m guessing Greig found these terms in the Martin archives, Yes? Since I haven’t heard of these terms, I can only state the obvious: 1) Amadill guitar: this is surely reference to the charango made from the body of an Armadillo. Perhaps…"
Jul 23, 2021
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to James Westbrook's discussion original 19th century guitar by Louis Moitessier, Paris 1810
"Nice guitars, James!"
Jul 15, 2021
James Westbrook and Alejandro Baleta are now friends
Jul 15, 2021

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At 10:53 on February 3, 2017, Alexander Jovanovic said…
No ... It was sold Last year .
At 8:24 on February 3, 2016, Peter Forrester said…

Pleased, James.

At 19:09 on October 18, 2014, Stuart C. Deutsch said…

Hi James, I heard from Steve Stein in San Francisco that you are completing a book about the luthier Jose Rubio. Please let me know where I can get a copy. All the best.

Stuart Deutsch

e-mail: <xodo54@yahoo.com>

At 22:50 on June 14, 2011, Mark Smith said…

Hi James,

I'm not sure whether you're a player or not, but if you are, would you be interested in playing some Baroque Guitar Duets? I live near Eastbourne, and have only recently begun to play this instrument.


Mark Smith 

At 15:37 on November 7, 2010, Monica Hall said…
I wish I had ...but I'm afraid not.! Hope Stephen can help but he and June were not on very friendly terms and she left him with an awful lot of clearing up to do! Monica
At 18:44 on November 6, 2010, Monica Hall said…
Hi James, All June's books and music went to the Hispanic Society of America. I don't know about the instruments but I would think they either went with the books or would have been sold by now. Her brother Stephen is still around. His E-mail seems to be Stephen@Yakeley.com and his phone no is 020 7609 9846. Monica
At 22:20 on November 5, 2010, pat o'brien said…
Oh, my!

As you probably know June Yakeley died here in the States in December 1999 while on her yearly visit to visit friends in the States about Christmastime. She said she was about to rewrite her will during that trip. I have no idea what happened to her instruments. I think much of her collection of books went to the Library of the Museum of the Hispanic Society here in NewYork. I suppose the bulk of her things went to her brother, who also lived in London. I can't even remember his name.

Perhaps her friend close Monica Hall would know what happened. I seem to remember she had bought some rather special instruments. Are you thinking of a particular one?

There is a bar in Manhattan I go to on the anniversary of her death each year to have a drink in her honor.


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