The classical guitar I make is baed on the traditional Spanish guitar, with a fan-braced soundbaord. A Flamenco version is also available on request.
I also make a range of guitars based historical models. These instruments are smaller and more lightly built than modern guitars and have a charming appearance as well as a beautiful bell-like tone. The primary Romantic era guitar I produce is based on an instrument by Rene Lacote. A terz guitar of my own design is also available, as well as a four course Renaissance guitar. These guitars are not exact 'visual copies' of original instruments, but are built to the design specifications of the originals. As these are non-standard sized instruments it can be difficult to source suitable cases. Therefore, I make a custom timber case for each historical guitar.
The materials used are typically as follows:
Soundboard: Spruce or Cedar
Back and sides: Tasmanian Blackwood, Indian Rosewood*, Walnut or Figured Maple
Fingerboard: Ebony or rosewood*
Trimmings: Blackwood, Maple or Rosewood*
Finish: Oil varnish - French polishing available for an additional $100
* Indian Rosewood is subject to availability due to CITES listing. I cannot ship instruments with this timber outside Australia.
Based on a guitar of around 1830, it has a string length of 630mm. The headpiece is an hourglass shape with friction pegs, but can also be made as a slotted headpiece with modern tuning machines.
With friction pegs: $1700
With tuning machines: $1800
This guitar is my own design based on the design of original terz guitars. The terz instrument has an open string tuning equivalent to the third fret of a regular guitar and it was a popular instrument for duets. It has a smaller and shallower body and s string length of 550mm.
The renaissance guitar I make is my own design based on iconography and historical instrument building practices. It has four courses with a single top string and a string length of 550mm. The frets are tied gut and the rosette is a layered laser cut supplied by Gamut Music. It can be made with a normal two-piece back or a paneled back of alternating timbers depending on the customer's wishes.