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Somebody help me out please. How do you get all the parts to line up?
Dino Silone and mel are now friends
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Feb 9, 2016
Mark Day commented on mel's photo

Chinese made baroque guitars

"Stay tuned. I'm sure Mel will explain more later. In the meantime, check out his blog: http://www.blackbirdstringarts.com/"
Mar 21, 2012
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Chinese made baroque guitars

"Chinese-made is not always "made in China"..."
Mar 21, 2012
Juan Pablo Pira commented on mel's photo

Chinese made baroque guitars

"Are they going to be "mass produced" ?  I wonder if that term can be applied to a baroque guitar.  If you could get a decent BG for a low price we would have scores of beginners."
Mar 21, 2012
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Chinese made baroque guitars

"intersting. Is it possible to buy one?"
Mar 21, 2012
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Mar 20, 2012
mel replied to Dave Bucher's discussion New project
" I second what Scott stated. Steve has very clean work as good as Elena dal Cortiva's flat roses.   Before all of you spin yourself in circles about parchment , try it on good weight water color paper. Larry Brown , John Rollins and…"
Nov 11, 2011
mel replied to Bill Samson's discussion Hole punches?
Nov 9, 2011
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Two Part Rose for Placement into completed instrument

"Another one of Steve's fine roses in place!"
Aug 21, 2011
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Thomann Baroque guitar bracing

"Hans, most early six string guitars have very little bracing compared to modern instruments. Most often one will see three or four transverse braces, occassionally one at an angle. In general, only the Spanish and Panormo instruments had fan brace…"
Jul 7, 2011
Scot Tremblay commented on mel's photo

Thomann Baroque guitar bracing

"Baroque guitars are minimally braced compared to the lute in your photo. Some have three transverse, one either side of soundhole, one near bridge. Maybe a couple small tone bars like in the lute photo. And some have no braces at all below the sound…"
Jul 6, 2011
Mark Day commented on mel's photo

Thomann Baroque guitar bracing

"Like this: I'm not sure if baroque guitars are made this way or not. I haven't made one yet. The braces in your picture run full length all the way to the ends. Is that normal in baroque guitars?"
Jul 6, 2011

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At 12:07 on June 27, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…

Thank you Mel for your advice.
In my country those instruments
are unknown.

Best wishes


At 13:19 on June 26, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…

Thank you Mel.

I have change the bass in nylon. and i change the first string in single because it was double.

This instrument isn't great but for this price i think that's O.K.



At 13:58 on June 6, 2010, Alexander Batov said…
Hello mel,

Sorry for coming so late. If you mean this particular thread: http://earlyguitar.ning.com/photo/fabricatore-in-pieces?context=user (can't think of any other one ...), where I did express my doubts, not about the Fabricatore guitar but the presence of such diagonal braces in some surviving baroque guitars which are indeed not original. The diagonal brace in your Fabricatore, however, looks original to me: a few Fabricatore guitars (I suppose of different makers sharing the same name) that I came across with all had similar bracing patterns. I'm far from being an expert on them though! The only difference I can see with your guitar is the lack of paper that would cover all the internal surfaces of both the back and sides. To me this feature looks like the most mediocre one that I have encountered in early guitars (i.e. totally counter-intuitive from acoustical point of view), although not that uncommon in 19th century Neapolitan mandolins as well as in some Franciolini's 'fakes', so they didn't seem to mind.

At 7:44 on May 27, 2009, Rob MacKillop said…
Hi Mel. Very good to have you here. Great photos contribution already. Do you have a website?

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