"I have a Spanish baroque guitar that has an inscription on the head stock "La Guerrera de Cadiz 1761 that I suspect may be a Francisco Sanguino as it has 7 fan braces. The guitar was suffered the usual 19th century conversion to six strings…"
"The available commercial over-the-counter violin pegs are really rather too thick ('fat') for guitar (or lute) pegs.
A thinner shank makes fine tuning easier (ie a fraction of a turn on a thick peg stretches the string…"
"As said in answer to a similar query:
Go to the site of the Jacquemart Andree collection in Paris and look for the vihuela there. It represents the only indisputable example of a sixteenth century vihuela (albeit a bass size…"
"Go to the site of the Jacquemart Andree collection in Paris and look for the vihuela there. It represents the only indisputable example of a sixteenth century vihuela (albeit a bass size instrument). Obtain a copy of the plans and base…"
"I really don't think you should read anything particularly significant into these, relatively minor, differences in the profiles of the sides. If there were some noticeable general trend for all or most historic instruments of this type…"
"Many thanks Monica,
I had in mind Spanish six course instruments instruments from about the 1760/70s through to the end of the century - the peak, based on extant musical sources and instruments made, seems to be the…"
"Not sure precisely what instruments you are referring to or the precise date but in 1773 Vargas y Guzman says that although guitars usually have wire frets he has included information about how to place moveable frets in case any…"
I would be grateful for any information on two aspects of the Spanish six (double) course guitar introduced there in the second half of the eighteenth century and which continued to be played into the nineteenth:Fretting: - as far as I'm aware all extant instruments of this type have fixed metal frets on the neck but, of course, some could be replacements for earlier tied frets especially for the earliest of these instruments. Is there any evidence for the use of tied frets on these…See More
MS 3/209 in the Real Conservatoire Superior de Musica de Madrid (RCSMM) contains works for six course Spanish guitar dating from the later eighteenth century. All the pieces are in six line 'Italian' tablature but, as sometimes found in slightly earlier five course guitar music by Spanish musicians (such as Perez), with no flags and without regular barring. Here is a link to the RCSMM scan …See More
"As mentioned earlier, I found Perez's flamboyant setting (in B-Bc 5.615) of the popular Marizapalos particularly intriguing (more florid in places than other surviving settings such as those by Guerau, Sanz, de Murcia and preserved in the…"
"Jalovec's indispensable 'Encyclopedia of violin- makers' gives Benoit Fleury's dates as 1751 - 1791 ( no other suitable Fleury candidates are listed) but it also shows a specimen of his label (seemingly…"
"The pieces were originally included in an earlier manuscript copied by Castillion - B-Lc Ms. 245 in about 1706. This ms. includes one additional pieces by Perez - with the title "Air". In the introduction to the later ms. Castillion says…"