Interview with Classical guitar luthiers: Jaroslav Mach (Netherlands)

Interview with Classical guitar luthiers: Jaroslav Mach  (Holland)

I'm delighted to introduce Jaroslav Mach from Holland, the Netherlands.

 

Q1. Could you please tell us about your luthiery and its history?

I have started to build my guitars professionally in 1975 in Holland. By 1990 I stopped making guitars to look for other challenges in my life. In 2010 I started to build a small number of guitars again.

Q2. Please tell us about your idea of a good sounding guitar, and what you do to achieve it.

To me a good guitar must be responsive to the player's hand and have volume. How I try to achieve it? It depends on the type of wood I am using.

Q3. Please tell us about your idea of improving playability, and what you do to achieve it?

First, the most important thing is the neck angle therefore I don't use the Spanish foot neck construction. I use a dovetail neck joint which gives me more control over the neck angle. Second, I use higher fret wire than the standard 1.1mm.

Q4. How do you see the future of the classical guitar in the 21st century?

My hiatus from the guitar building gave me a fresh look on the current state of the classical guitar. In my opinion there is a desperate search for more volume in the classical guitar hence the lattice brace and double top guitars. I cannot predict the future for the classical guitar but I sincerely hope for a bright future for traditionally built classical guitars because of their traditional sound.

Gallery: 

Jaroslav Mach: Bending Sides Jaroslav Mach: Bending Linings Jaroslav Mach: Gluing Braces Jaroslav Mach: Gluing Bindings Jaroslav Mach: Gluing Linings Jaroslav Mach: Neck Fitting Jaroslav Mach: Routing Channels Jaroslav Mach: Sanding Linings

Video: 

Hear the sound of Jaroslav's guitar.
Hear the sound of Jaroslav's guitar.

Comments

I have a guitar made by Jaroslav Mach made in 2016. It is an excellent guitar in every way. The video on here by Ian Watt really shows the guitar at it's best. Very dynamic, clear voices and volume to spare. I also like the way he joins the shoulders to the neck at between the 12th and 13th frets. It takes no time to get used to and facilitates easy fingering around the 12th fret. Beautifully made with top class materials.

I am really glad to see this interview with Jaroslav Mach. I bought my first Mach guitar a few years ago from a well known shop in the Netherlands. I was so impressed I ended up buying another one. One for home and one for work. I loved both guitars so much that I then commissioned Jaroslav to build me a 10 string guitar. Each guitar is fabulous and a joy to play. Jaroslav is a true master.

My first Mach-guitar dates from 1979, an indian rosewood guitar with spruce top. One of his earlier guitars. In 1981 I bought my second Mach. A brazilian rosewood guitar with spruce top. An excellent concertguitar which i still play every day. As guitarist/teacher ànd former Spanish Guitarshop-owner I have had in hand many hand-made guitars but none enticed me to swop for my old Mach-guitar. Now it has suffered quite a lot during this 36 years and I'm glad I have the chance to order my third Mach guitar, which will surely take me to the grave :-). Taken in account the very reasonable price, I never found a better guitar in terms of responsiveness, playability and volume. I'm looking very much forward to it”

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