build our instruments using the traditional Spanish method using the
finest materials available. We use mostly traditional timbers, such as Brazilian
Rosewood, Indian Rosewood, European Maple
and European Spruce
but also utilise some of the newer materials such as
Western Red Cedar, our native Australian
Flamed Blackwood and Queensland
Maple, as well as the very promising Flamed
New Guinea Rosewood.
begin a guitar selecting the timber it will be built from, we then examine
each piece and make judgements on its visual and tonal
of the timber we use is hand selected including our Spruce soundboards
which are hand
us from the source in Europe.
each piece of timber is different, we make adjustments of each part of the
instrument as we build it so that the finished product has the
volume and tone.
Guitar we build takes up to 200
hours to construct. We have only a few
guitars under construction at one time and each guitar is
in our workshop
for about three to four months.
This allows us to give every guitar an extremely high level of
attention to detail and a look of
part of a completed guitar, no matter how small, plays a role in the sound
and look of the instrument. It is for this reason that we pay careful
consideration to each stage of the construction of our guitars, ensuring
that the completed guitar is at its maximum
potential. Each part of each
instrument is created by
hand, using mostly hand tools
bracing and tuning
of our soundboards is one of the most important stages
of the construction of our instruments. The completed
soundboard is the part of the instrument that absorbs the vibrations from
the plucked strings to produce the sound of the guitar. Therefore, it is very
important for us to pay close attention to the construction of each
soundboard, to ensure that it gives the guitar the sound we are trying to
finish our guitars completely by
hand using traditional French polish on the soundboard.
This is an extremely thin coating of shellac, which allows the soundboard
to vibrate without impedance. The back, sides and neck are finished using either French polish
or very thin lacquer, the lacquer
gives these areas more protection from playing
wear while having no noticeable
effect on the sound of the instrument.
After the finish is applied it is allowed to cure and then hand polished to a high gloss. The
whole finishing process takes about 4
weeks to complete.
attention is paid to the final set-up,
the frets are carefully dressed and bevelled and the action is set for an optimum level of
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