Posts Tagged ‘luthier’
Please welcome François Leonard as the new luthier working in collaboration with GSI. As part of a powerful French force of guitar-builders (Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field and Jean-Noël Rohé), we believe Leonard fits right in with the group, and he has learned a lot from his contemporaries, which allows him to produce instruments of great structural quality and beautiful sound. To learn more about how Leonard is building in-step with other French masters, read below.
Matthew Chaffin, based in Orion, Michigan, is one of the newer luthiers to collaborate with Guitar Salon, and with each new guitar he sends us we are reminded of the high-standard craftsmanship we seek (and receive) from the best builders around the world.
Otto Rauch was born in the city of Mainz, Germany, in 1954 and began studying the classical guitar at the age of 9. Though he later trained to sell insurance and studied business management, by 1977 he was working as a rock guitarist and singer, and in 1977 he got the idea to build a copy of the guitar he was playing at the time – a John Birch electric (Birch is known for making guitars for Queen guitarist Brian May). Thus began his career as a luthier.
By 1979 Rauch was living in Ibiza, Spain, and in an old farmhouse he found an old Ramirez classical. He proceeded to make a plan of that Ramirez and by 1980 he was making classical guitars.
John Weissenrieder is an American luthier living in Florence, Italy, who has made a name for himself making exquisite copies of guitars by the old masters including Garcia, Simplicio and Bouchet. John was in town this week with his family, and he stopped by the shop to say hi, so we took the opportunity to do an informal interview. In parts 1 and 2 he talks with JohnPaul Trotter, and in parts 3 and 4 he talks with David Collett.
We’re about to receive guitar #77 from Tobias Berg, and this will be the first guitar we get from him that features his new double-sided construction method. Tobias has been working on this for some time now, and he and I had a little exchange about it, since my first question was, quite simply, ‘why?’. Now that I understand the concept I’m looking forward to hearing the guitar, and of course we’ll do a video so you can all hear it. Check out the photos below (as always just click on them to see larger images) and then scroll down to see my mini interview with Tobias about it.
We’re very happy to announce that we’ve added a new luthier to our roster. French luthier Dominique Field recommended him to David Collett as one of the most promising young luthiers out there at the moment, so David obviously followed up by getting in touch with Luigi and next thing you know we have a guitar on the way. Locatto is influenced by the old masters, like Torres and Simplicio, and you can see some of those elements in his guitars. Check out the video and some photos.
You may have noticed, as I have, that an awful lot of guitar makers are themselves the sons, or occasionally the daughters, of guitar makers. Of those poor orphans who weren’t born into it, many started out as cabinet makers, which makes perfect sense. So what if you just want to learn how to make a guitar? Turns out there are not so many ways to really learn this, as it’s an old-world craft and what you really need is an apprenticeship of some sort.
By the way, that’s not Stephen in the photo – it’s just a picture I liked of one of his students from the last guitar-making course. Click on the photo to learn more and see a little video about the last course.
Aaron Green has been a good friend of mine since 1997, when I moved to Boston, so I was very happy to see that we had gotten a guitar if his in – a gorgeous 2007 cedar-top. Unlike many Spanish luthiers who are born into it, Aaron had to figure out on his own how to learn to build a guitar. There’s a great interview with Aaron over at guitarbench.com that covers how he got into building as well as his views on the history and evolution of guitar building.
Here’s a lovely little video of Danish luthier Kenneth Brogger at work in his shop, accompanied by the playing of guitarist Kaare Norge (playing one of Brogger’s guitars, of course). I’ve been lucky enough to spend probably hundreds of hours in luthiers’ shops, and I never seem to tire of watching it happen.