Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Scot Tremblay
  • Victoria, British Columbia
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Asymmetry in 19th Century Guitar Shapes
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I haven't posted for a long time. But I've been checking on you folks often. So today I decided to get back into it. I have a question for us to ponder.In part of my work, I restore old guitars. The…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Poul Hansen Mar 13, 2019.

Strange Symbols In The Score...
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I have been looking at some of the music published under the guidance of Madame R. Sidney Pratten and have come across a couple signs that I'm not sure how to interpret. See the link below for some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yuri Liman Jun 26, 2017.

Early Music Stores In New York

A friend will be in New York in November and she is looking for a store which carries soft cases and strings for early guitar like instruments, the vihuela/lute in particular. Do any of our New York…Continue

Started Sep 8, 2015

Seven Course Vihuelas

I read another article which referenced 7 course vihuelas. Can anyone tell me if there is there is any new evidence for it other than Bermudo and a collection of reference to players like Luis de…Continue

Started Jan 6, 2015


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"Amazing indeed! Is that simply butt-jointed?"
Jan 10, 2020

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I am a luthier/player specializing in 19th century guitar. As a personal interest I dabble in vihuela and renaissance lute.

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At 10:58 on October 28, 2013, Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn said…
Dear Scot, thank you so much for the comment. Yes, those guys are fantastic musicians and apparently very good teachers. I learn a lot of period technique and so. I will come to visit the forum as much as I can. We keep in touch! Yutthasak
At 8:24 on July 14, 2012, Dave Bucher said…
I was reading a few of the comments here and I read that spruce was used for necks. I don't know if you've ever seen the tables of MOE's of various woods but spruce is way more elastic than the open grained hardwoods usually used...Sitka is down a few steps from the strongest...Douglas fir and yellow larch...which I use periodically for soundboards and especially braces...it taps well and is of a medium weight...old growth quartered wood is best...it splinters like a demon but it could be used...way more elastic than mahogany, Spanish cedar, maple. Several species of Larch are the stiffest and most elastic...Larch is a kind of pine and various pines work well too. I use good pine for soundboards on period instruments. I used an oak or hickory brace very early in my career to experimentally induce an arch in the top of an archtop jazz guitar. My bouzoukis are induced but bending in all directions is difficult so I shaped a heavy brace with a re-curve built in. Over the space of several months it flattened out and when I removed the brace, it retained the shape that it had assumed! Maple has given me similar result. that is when I really delved into the elastic properties of wood...not just the "strength" but the "memory" of the wood. modulas of elasticity is the standard by which we should judge all woods that are going to be under tension.

At 18:29 on June 4, 2012, Michael Schreiner said…

Hi Scot, I was admiring your Stauffer photos and the neck adjustment mechanism caught my eye. Where did you get it? Thanks, Michael Schreiner

At 14:55 on February 15, 2012, Oleg Timofeyev said…

Hi Scot,

sorry it took me forever to respond.  I will be happy to answer any questions within my competence :–)

At 23:33 on December 27, 2011, Yair Avidor said…

Hi Scot,

Same here, I'll try and record the Sor variations on the Mozart theme soon.

In the meantime, I love playing contemporary guitar music on the Panormo model!

At 22:47 on November 23, 2011, Bradley Wycoff said…

Greetings, Scot.

I just want to thank you for your help in my efforts to build an early Romantic 7- or 8-string guitar. I really appreciate your expertise and input. I'll probably start the "conversion" project after the holidays. I'll keep you informed of the progress.

I hope you are enjoying the "sunny" Pacific Northwest as much as I am. It's really quite "lovely" here today.


At 19:34 on April 2, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…

Hi Scot,


I think Edinburgh University has a drawing of that terz guitar. I can't remember playing it at all, but clearly I did as the photo is the proof! Oh dear, I'm becoming senile...

At 19:00 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Thanks, Scot!


There is a player in Colorado who wants me to make him an all mahogany uke, I have some really nice mahogany that I have been saving just for that. I once heard an all mahogany guitar played by a wonderful finger stylist, wow, what a guitar!



At 18:33 on March 26, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…
This baroque guitar was 3/4 classic guitar and I did some changes with my friend Petros Zaranis who is istrument maker.
At 15:30 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Hi, Scot!


Had a gentleman from New Mexico comment on my blog yesterday, telling me he is making a a guitar from your Martinez plans. He was wondering what the guitar would sound like if it was made entirely from mahogany, I suggested that for his first guitar he stick with "traditional" woods. Just wanted to let you know that folks are still making the Martinez. I have a friend who keeps bugging me for another one, maybe when I'm settled back in Colorado I'll make him another.




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