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I just now finished drawing the plan for the belly of the Renaissance guitar.  While I was in class learning about proportions, I decided to use proportions on the Guillaume Morlaye cover picture. I used the sting length of a renaissance guitar now owned by Akira Skamoto of this forum and divided that by the string length in the picture and that was the scale factor. I's trying to get my dad to get me spruce from Old World Tonewoods And when I get the wood I'll get right to work. I might post the proportions and drawings later on.



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Comment by Javier Rivera on May 15, 2011 at 18:59
No I'm not but it sounds extremely interesting (and helpful). Unfortunately, I do not have the money to spend on a $200 book. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated though. I already have an idea of the design for the rose. It'll be simple but, hopefully, i'll get to design more extravagant roses.
Comment by Andrew Hartig on May 15, 2011 at 15:23
I hope you keep us updated. I'd be interested to know what proportions you settled on, as well as how you went about drawing the curves for the waists. Are you familiar with the work of Kevin
Coates, Geometry, Proportion and the Art of Lutherie. Oxford University Press (1985)?

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