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a guitar made by Fleta in 1976
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HelloI would like to announce a very mint guitar made by Fleta will be sold in a public auction next 16th of june at Vichy. Also a vihuela made by Fleta in 1962 and dozen of other guitars.See :…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by luc aboulkheir Apr 27, 2012.

Pons 1827
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Hello, here some photos of our last restoration:The guitar made by Louis David Pons, in Paris in 1827, for which he received an award through a process of adjustable neck.And here the repport:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scot Tremblay Dec 10, 2011.

who made this guitar?

Can somebody help us to understand who made this guitar, and where. We know another one in a private collection, excatly the same, and Kenneth Sparr knows another quiet similar, all unbranded, with…Continue

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La Guitare espagnole - The Spanish Guitar

"Le violon est italien, l’archet est français, mais la guitare EST espagnole. Ce livre en retrace trois siècles d’histoire depuis ses origines jusqu’en 1950. Quatre-vingt-quinze instruments historiques y sont…"
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Le violon est italien, l’archet est français, mais la guitare EST espagnole.Ce livre en retrace trois siècles d’histoire depuis ses origines jusqu’en 1950. Quatre-vingt-quinze instruments historiques y sont présentés, inconnus pour la plupart,…
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We are since more 40 years restorers, experts, and dealers of historical guitars. We worked as well for public collections as for private collections and we restored more than 2000 guitars.

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We are proud to announce we will give a lecture in Montpellier the 27th of april, at 11am, concerning a restauration we made on a early guitar made by A.Stradivarius. See here :… Continue

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 17:12

“FASZINATION GITARRE” 23 September 2010 to 30 January 2011 Music Museum, Berlin.





More didactic than “Travelling Guitars”, the 2006 exhibition in Paris (with a bit of everything) and less refined than  "Guitars: 4 Centuries of Masterpieces” held in Alessandria (Italy) in 2008, the exhibition “Fascination Guitare” was held for 4 months in Berlin.  We thought a review of such a…


Posted on January 22, 2011 at 9:31

La guitare, tome 2 : Mirecourt, les provinces françaises

After the success of “La Guitare - Paris 1650-1950”, we are glad to announce the preparation of the second volume of this collection dedicated to

" La Guitare, tome 2: Mirecourt, the French provinces”.…


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At 19:38 on November 6, 2015, Pavao Sever said…

This one really is a beauty. Do you maybe have some more information, lets say photos from inside (from the restoration). Tracing of the outline of the body would be also be valuable.

At 20:56 on December 17, 2011, Roberto Domenichini said…

Hello! Thanks for your friendship and comments about the video!


At 10:28 on October 18, 2011, Rainer Krause said…

Hello F. and D.,

That`s nice to have this kind of contact with you. Your new book is very interesting

and something to learn.

Best Regards

Rainer Krause


At 4:10 on July 5, 2011, Joel Rosinsky said…

Bonjour Françoise, It was good to hear from you. My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have not yet started work on the Grobert. I am not sure how much to repair, and how much to restore. It is the rarest guitar I have had to work on, and I want to make sure I am clear on how to proceed.

Your help has been of great value in helping me identify the guitar, and I want to make sure the work I do is worthy of its quality.

Thank you for your help,


At 14:28 on June 15, 2011, Jelma van Amersfoort said…

Thank you very much for posting the article. I read it with great interest & fascination! If you ever have trouble posting things like video's, please let me know so I can help.

Best wishes, Jelma

At 18:38 on June 13, 2011, Kenneth Sparr said…

Nice to hear from you! I am eagerly waiting fro volume 2 of La Guitare which I have ordered.


By the way concerning your request for 6-course Spanish guitar I know that Tony Bingham has one for sale which is quite similar to mine.


Kenneth Sparr

At 17:31 on June 13, 2011, James Greenberg said…
Mercy. Je sues tres content de être computer parmi voter amis.

At 15:38 on March 29, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…
At 4:54 on December 14, 2010, Joel Rosinsky said…

Bonjour Françoise,

I appreciate the photo that you sent. The brand is there on the underside of the brace, just as it is in your picture. I will send a picture soon.

I am very grateful for your help,


At 0:58 on December 1, 2010, Joel Rosinsky said…
Thank you for the article and for your information. I do believe that I have a Grobert now. How it came to this country, and made its' way to me is a mystery.
I did not get to the museum you mentioned as I was only in Paris for six days and there was so much I missed. I hope to come back some day and stay much longer.
I sent ten pictures of the guitar. Many of the neck joint and the neck, and one of the maker's stamp on the neck block.
What are the books you have written?

Thank you,

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