Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Wilson Burnham
  • Allenspark, CO
  • United States
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For Sale: Copies of Martinez and Lacote guitars

I have two guitars for sale. One is a close copy of a c.1830 Rene Lacote "Legnani Model", it has a Douglas fir top, California Laurel back and sides, ebony fret board, 18 hole rosewood bridge, 595mm…Continue

Started Mar 13, 2016


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I am a historic preservation carpenter with the National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park and to relax I build classical and romantic guitars. I enjoy making copies of Martinez and Lacote guitars.

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At 11:05 on November 24, 2011, John J van Gool said…

Thank you for your kind words.

At 6:01 on September 12, 2011, Sean Noctor said…
Hi Wilson, I meant both guitars and uke, I'm the same with work, at the moment it's 12 hour days then ponies to see to after, so limited time but looking forward to my build over winter. 
At 17:39 on March 26, 2011, Scot Tremblay said…

Hey Wilson, It's nice to hear that the Martinez is still plugging along in various forms. If I ever catch up with myself I'd kind of like to build another one of those to see what all the fuss is about.


I think the all mahogany would be ok for a uke type instrument. There seems to be lots of koa, mahogany etc topped ukes out there and it's a totally accepted sound for that instrument. For a classical/romantic guitar sound I'm not sure I'd go for it but all your friend can do is try it out and decide if he likes it. Personally, I refuse to be dogmatic about these things as it's all about what the maker/player likes. Afterall, it's his instrument and he will be the one playing it. If it's for someone else then he might want to consider that persons preferences.


You are wise to advise him to stick to more traditional woods for the first instrument. A Mahogany back/sides and spruce top would make for a very nice instrument and, historically, is quite acceptable. And if nothing else it will  give a point of comparison for the all mahogany instrument.


Nice to hear from you and I hope the move is going well.

At 3:59 on March 7, 2010, Scot Tremblay said…
Wow, I'm glad that little guitar is still being made! It's the one that got me started on this whole 19th century guitar thing as well. I heard a concert on the original while studying in Cordoba, Spain in 1986 and got the chance to examine and draw it.

Have you tried it with a maple back and sides? It has an awesome bright bell like tone which seems to ring forever. So much sound for such a little instrument.

Post some photos if you get a chance, I'd love to see.
At 17:45 on March 6, 2010, Scot Tremblay said…
Welcome Wilson. You have a wonderful place to live and make guitars. I love it there when the fall comes and most of the crowd leaves.

Which Martinez do you copy?
At 5:25 on March 6, 2010, Rocky Mjos said…
Welcome to the network, Wilson! -- R

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