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String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Westbrook Feb 25.

Early Romantic guitar: string height above fingerboard
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael. N. Apr 20, 2013.

 

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James Westbrook replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"I don't know about the stringing, but the short neck is not atypical. If I had the time, and I was home, I could send you photos of others, also one I owned, the size of a ukulele with 5-courses from 1790s and you can't tell me someone…"
Feb 25
Martyn Hodgson replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Thank you for this. Well, I could easily turn this on its head and ask why you should think such an atypical guitar configuration for 1759 (ie 8 single strings, just 8 fret spaces on the neck, replacement head (and neck?), etc) is in its original…"
Feb 25
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"I think the Sanguino in Den Haag has 7 courses and is from 1759. What makes you think it has been shortened? I have not heard that theory before."
Feb 24
James Westbrook replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Martin, re your comment: ' the Hague Gemeente Museum - no one surely thinks it was originally made as an eight string instrument, and with such a shortened neck too!)'. I for one, believes the neck was not shortened, but originally made…"
Feb 24
Martyn Hodgson replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Thank you for this. It seems to me that by starting with what we are comfortable, that we can run the danger of prejudging the matter and, understandably, conforming to our own current personal preferences for stringing (eg five course guitar…"
Feb 22
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"See also the instruments by Sanguino in various collections. There is an 1758 example around I believe. I have some views (but they are views, not _evidence_). In fact, I have commissioned a replica Pages 6-course awhile ago that should be finished…"
Feb 22
Martyn Hodgson replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Thank you for this Yes I know the painting.  But it's dated as 1765 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Cotes)  which doesn't really suggest these instruments were in use from the 1750s.   And there are other possible…"
Feb 22
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Hello Martin, just a tiny comment: they were in use from the 1750s at least; see for instance the portrait of lady Waldegrave somewhere on this site."
Feb 22
Martyn Hodgson replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Thank you for this. It's interesting that all of the six course guitars you have played exhibited buzzing on the frets. There may, of course, be various explanations for this (including that the 'Old Ones' wished it this way!) but…"
Feb 20
James Westbrook replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"It's just that the most original untouched ones I have had (original nut, bridge etc), have played like that, no matter what strings I put on them."
Feb 19
James Edwards replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Mr. Henriksen sent nylgut strings, but this was a few years ago, and I don't have the packaging with the diameter information. I recommend contacting him about string diameters and tensions, etc."
Feb 19
Martyn Hodgson replied to Karan Singh's discussion Sabionari Guitar details
"Note that this instrument has been very heavily repaired and 'restored'.  Little, if any, original barring is present and the neck, peghead, bridge, are not original Strad.  Indeed, the latest neck is too long in relation to the…"
Feb 19
Martyn Hodgson replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"Thank you.  I'm interested in your comment that 'I get the feeling they were meant to sound buzzy (almost like a flamenco guitar).  Is there any evidence for this of which you're aware? M."
Feb 19
James Westbrook replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"I probably shouldn't reply, as I know little about string tensions, but having owned over a dozen  original 6-course guitars, I get the feeling they were meant to sound buzzy (almost like a flamenco guitar), whether this is due…"
Feb 18
James Edwards replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion String tension on late 18thC Spanish six course guitars
"I  have on loan a six course from a University collection; a Josef Benedid made in 1800.  I call in string orders to Boston Catlines, and Mr. Henriksen helps with the specifics of diameter and type of strings.  However, from my…"
Feb 18
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At 19:28 on March 19, 2015, Monica Hall said…

Martyn - I sent you a couple of e-mails which you haven't replied to.  One was sent back by your SP - unable to deliver.   Do you know what the problem is?

 
 
 

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