The Classical guitar has a wide ranging repertoire which, in the right hands, can evoke every changing emotion, from romantic and enchanting moods through to the dramatic and dynamic.
The modern day guitar has its roots in humble beginnings and was originally the domain of field workers rather than the higher echelons of society. For this reason, top luthiers were slow to take up the mantle of guitar creation and continued to concentrate their efforts on the more popular concert instruments of the day like the cellos or violin.
The design template for the Classical guitar of today was established by Spanish builders in the 19th century. Antonio de Torres (1817 - 1892) is credited with having innovated and standardised the classical guitar size and scale length and developed the internal support and strengthening mechanisms still in use today. His ingenuity and creative foresight set the standard for great guitar building which continues to this day.
Woods For Classical Guitars
Classical Guitars are traditionally constructed from the following types of wood:
- A classical soundboard or top made from German/European Spruce which is strong enough to withstand the string tension of a full-scale neck, while light and thin enough to be musically responsive.
- Rosewood back and sides to give a rigid structure but still light enough to resonate a melodic sound.
- A neck of Cedar which has just the right balance of strength and weight to withstand the string tension without impairing the sound quality.
- A bridge made from Rosewood.
- A fretted ebony fingerboard made wide and flat to assist fingering when playing with the thumb behind the neck.
There are many variations possible on the above format and it is my passion to build beautiful and tonally excellent classical guitars in the Spanish traditional way. I use both traditional and non-traditional domestic and exotic correctly seasoned wood from environmentally sustainable sources.