Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Sean Noctor
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  • Paul Balmer
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Sean Noctor and Stanley Alexandrowicz are now friends
Mar 18, 2014
Emma L and Sean Noctor are now friends
Aug 10, 2012
Sean Noctor and Siccas Guitars are now friends
Jul 15, 2012
Sean Noctor replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Photo For Lars
"Very smart and very stylish, warm to wear but, now and then you have to suffer for your art, certainly looks great.  "
Jun 17, 2012
Sean Noctor updated their profile
Mar 22, 2012
Sean Noctor posted a status
"Hi all, on BBC Radio today, this gives a brief history of the Waits musicians from 15th Century to 1850s, http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01djny3/"
Mar 22, 2012
Sean Noctor replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion J.G. Scherzer Build
"Yes, it is very nice and very neat indeed, did you steam bend the lining? I new an early instrument maker that always liked to steam bend the linings and I should say they always look very classy instruments."
Feb 11, 2012
Sean Noctor commented on Mark Day's blog post Ovahuela update
"That was a good read Mark, very interesting and good fun too, you've had a lot to work out with this project. If you need to repair the plastic part at any time, use dichloromethane, it will melt the surface, not tried to bind wood and…"
Jan 24, 2012
Sean Noctor shared Aarón García Ruiz's photo on Facebook
Dec 19, 2011
Sean Noctor commented on Dan Wilson's photo


"Sorry Peter, the wire looked like a gas bottle tube to me, having looked closer now (and got my glasses on) I can see what you mean and yes it does look a good system, had I known before I would have tried my hand at it, probably will when…"
Dec 17, 2011
Sean Noctor commented on Dan Wilson's photo


"Hi Peter, this looks near to what I had in mind for my tryout, I have limited space so didn't really want anything with a flame, one of the reasons I've shelved my project until it's sorted, I've seen some…"
Dec 16, 2011
Sean Noctor commented on Dan Wilson's photo


"Very nice Dan, it sorts the problem of wood bending really well for the rest of us dabbling builders, sturdy, neat and tidy, safe and of course an easy concept to understand, ticks all the boxes for me, thankyou for posting…"
Dec 16, 2011
Sean Noctor replied to Sinier de Ridder's discussion Pons 1827
"What a Beautiful guitar and a great restoration, thank you so much for sharing the process and restoration stages.   "
Dec 9, 2011
Sean Noctor posted a status
"HI, some well very priced ebony early instruments pegs are at Madinter.com (in Spain), I'm not on commision and don't know the quality"
Oct 8, 2011
Pasquale Bianculli left a comment for Sean Noctor
"Hi Sean, You just asked about my guitar, the Lacote 1823. I have had it now since about 6-7 yrs. Had some extensive work done on it to support the bridge. Previous owners definitely abused this instrument. But even with these repairs it sounds…"
Sep 25, 2011
Paul Daukas left a comment for Sean Noctor
"Hi Sean, Thank you for your generous comments.  I sometimes think I make artwork as an outlet of my excess energy so that I can sleep at night.... ;)"
Sep 22, 2011

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About me:
I have only built the one acoustic guitar, my own but did so from scratch, and all by hand, I work in a wood machine shop but prefer using hand tools, I also do some wood Intarsia, I like acoustic music, mainly folk based but like most people enjoy many forms and styles of music.

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At 10:16 on September 22, 2011, Paul Daukas said…

Hi Sean,

Thank you for your generous comments.  I sometimes think I make artwork as an outlet of my excess energy so that I can sleep at night.... ;)

At 4:01 on September 20, 2011, Paul Daukas said…

Hi Sean,

Here is the link if you care to view some of my artwork.  It is part of a large site that exhibits artists mainly from the New Haven, CT. area of USA.  It is called City Wide Open Studios.  I have been exhibiting since 2006.  It has been a very fun and exhilarating forum to meet artists from the area.




Out of curiosity how long did it take you to build your guitar ??  And you used only hand tools ??  I am interested because I would very much like to build a lute and now I am very interested in the baroque guitar and vihuela.  



At 1:48 on September 19, 2011, Paul Daukas said…

Hi Sean,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you.  I am new at Early Guitar and Vihuela.  I will gladly show you a few pieces of my artwork.... don't know if you like etchings/printmaking.  I like to explore ideas of archetypes within nature that have meaning for me.  Some of my work may look a little off the wall, but I do have a few friends that genuinely appreciate my work.  Actually I joined the ring to educate myself about early stringed instruments such as the baroque guitar and vihuela, and also the lute.    Thank you for introducing yourself.... I tend to be on the reclusive side....    I am not sure of all of the rules of this site, but I could send a follow up internet  address to a few pictures of some of my artwork.



At 1:47 on September 12, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Hi, Sean!


I'm not sure which guitar you are talking about, but I haven't had a chance to complete the finish on the "Mae West" (as I call it) Lacote.  I work 10 hour days, that doesn't leave me much time for the guitar hobby, this winter I will have time to finish the guitar. I do have the other narrower body Lacote strung up, it sings as sweet as a skinny, sexy mezzo soprano at the New York Met. I can't say enough about the copies of the 19th century guitars that I have made.



At 18:50 on August 31, 2011, Paul Balmer said…

Hi Sean good luck with the guitar!



At 8:25 on August 30, 2011, Peter Forrester said…
I must say that I am finishing rather than starting! And have been concentrating on renaissance wire instruments instead of guitar for the last few years - and have never made a post-Torres guitar,....

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