While in Paris David also met with luthier Thomas Norwood. Thomas has lived and worked in Paris for 35 years now, and considers himself a French luthier, but he’s originally from Pasadena, CA, just down the road from us. He makes three models – one based on a 1910 Manuel Ramirez, one on a 1932 Esteso, and one on a 1935 Santos. David says that his guitars are beautifully made and have a real old-world sound. We’ll be receiving our first guitar from him this year or early next year.

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8 Responses to “David Back in Paris”

  1. Lawrence says:

    These guitars look beautiful .It is simply incredible how many good luthiers there are these days.Guitarists really are spoiled for choice.

  2. Paduquito says:

    When did Friedrich, Field, et al become “your luthiers” (re latest email blast)?

    • Kai says:

      Just shorthand for ‘luthiers we represent in the US’ which didn’t fit and sounds stuffy. Nothing more than that meant by it.


  3. Al Silverman says:

    About 40 years ago when Tom lived and created musical stringed instruments in Pasadena Ca. I was a15 year old 5string banjo player. I was introduced to Tom by teacher Mark Cohen. I owned a turn of the century Vega 4 string. Tom built a new 5 string neck that look exactly like the 4 string neck. i still own that banjo and the original neck and would never part with it. many thanks Tom.

  4. Al Silverman says:

    I would like to add to my previous post that the Tom Norwood bajno neck of 40 years ago is an absolute work of art, and I marvel at his ability to create beauty and precision .

  5. LAWRENCE says:

    How come that Mr .Norwood has been making fine guitars for more than thirty years and we have never heard of him until now?? this does not add up.

  6. Keith says:

    You have probably not heard of him because he has mostly focused on lutes, hurdy gurdies and other folk instruments. Those are his passions, to my knowledge.

    But I am immeasurably lucky enough to have one of his Pasadena-era dreadnought steel string guitars. It is basically a Martin D-35 clone, except it has a Spanish neck joint and flamed maple binding on the body. Brazilian rosewood body with 3-piece back, and a gorgeous spruce top. It is far and away the finest sounding steel-stringed guitar I have ever played, or ever heard played. You may not have heard of him, but you need to hear his guitars.

    I am incredibly BLESSED that he is not famous. It is the only reason I was able to afford such a guitar.

    I am not in the market for a nylon-stringed guitar, but I would love to see another one of his guitars in person. Mine is the only one I have ever seen.

    • Ben says:

      I think i may have one of his guitars from when he was in california. My Grandpa got it back in the late 60’s early 70’s and has passed it down to me. I’m not 100% sure it is one of his though. I know he got it in pasadena and it looks familiar to the guitars he makes today. How do i find out if it was one of his for sure?


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