Luthiers

A conversation with Lance Litchfield (Australian guitar maker) about strings, intonation and compensation methods

There are so many different strings out there: different materials, tensions, gauges, etc. Strings often have a significant impact on the sound of a guitar. This is the conversation I had with a famous Australian guitar maker Lance Litchfield about strings, intonation and compensation methods.
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Classical guitar luthier: Lorenzo Frignani (Italy)

Classical guitar luthier: Lorenzo Frignani (Italy)
My story begins in 1976 with the discovery of a guitar making workshop in Modena, where I still live. Professionally I started about 6 years later. In 1986 I received my first award in a national competition and from then on I have won many more prizes.My passion began as a guitarist, having studied classical guitar for five years, and for many years I carried out...
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Classical guitar luthier: Randall Angella from Angella Guitar Company (USA)

Classical guitar luthier: Randall Angella from Angella Guitar Company (USA)
Angella Guitars began 44 years ago when a good friend, Richard Provost, introduced me to Julian Bream and John Williams and the Classical Guitar. He later challenged me to build a first guitar. Early efforts were undertaken in a vacuum, as there were no local luthiers to advise and instruct me. I purchased a copy of...
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Classical guitar luthier: Claudio Meneghelli (Switzerland)

Classical guitar luthier: Claudio Meneghelli (Switzerland)
I studied guitar here in Switzerland at Lucern conservatory, where I finished with a degree in 1983. After some years as a guitarist and teacher, I was curious to try and make a classical guitar by myself. I followed the advice of some books and from a local guitar maker. In 2001, I was lucky to have the chance to attend a guitar-making class by José L. Romanillos...
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Classical guitar luthier: Miles Henderson Smith (UK)

Classical guitar luthier: Miles Henderson Smith (UK)
I made my fist guitar at the age of 19 in 1993 under the supervision of David Wooldridge, who was also my first guitar teacher. I trained as a fine artist, completing a BA in fine art and later an MA in contemporary visual arts. Throughout my twenties and early thirties I worked as an artist and teacher. During this time I continued to play classical guitar.
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Classical guitar luthier: Tobias Braun (Austria)

Classical guitar luthier: Tobias Braun (Austria)
Guitar making started as my hobby (at that time I studied German literature and journalism) when I was in my very early Twenties. For one and a half years I followed books and tried to make guitars in the self-taught-way. In 1984 I could attend the very first guitar making class by José L. Romanillos in Zürich. These three weeks formed the acoustical and aesthetical...
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Classical guitar luthier: Amalia Ramírez from José Ramírez (Spain)

Classical guitar luthier: José Ramírez (Spain)
Actually, our history is too old and long to summarise here. Our workshop is the oldest in terms of Spanish guitars, handed down from from parents to sons. The founder was my great-grandfather, José Ramírez I, who learned this business when he was 12 in 1870. However, the latest research shows that there is a possibility that his father, who was a member of a woodworkers' trade union, as well as all the other guitar makers of that period...
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Cassical guitar luthier: Christopher Dean (UK)

Cassical guitar luthier: Christopher Dean (UK)
As a child I was a talented artist and liked making models. In my teen years I began to learn to play the guitar and these two interests inevitably came together and I made my first classical guitar on my parent’s kitchen table when I was in my late teens. I abandoned a career in agriculture and instead applied for a place at the London College of Furniture to study Musical...
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