Category Archives: Guitar

Guitar makers –> Unite!

Only a few days to go to the largest guitar makers gathering in the Netherlands: the Guitar Builders Meeting… It’s a (bi)annual event, started by some hobby builders from the Dutch Gitaarnet-forum. Ten years later it has become one of … Continue reading

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The Guitar in Tudor London

Why is a Renaissance guitar the same as a tenor ukulele? Or are all uke players in reality playing a renaissance guitar?

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The sound of an original 17th century guitar…

There is something magic in hearing an original baroque guitar or lute being played. Especially because most of them aren’t playable anymore, but resting in collections. Last week this short video was placed online… Taro Takeuchi is one of the … Continue reading

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Upcoming events

Sometimes a #luthierlife is like a travelling circus. My agenda has been rather full, especially with (re-enactment-)events. I thought it would be nice to share some of them. ~ . ~ This upcoming weekend you can find me on Saturday … Continue reading

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Brook Guitars

A documentary about Brook Guitars, a company founded by the legendary Andy Manson. One of the things I really like is that they choose to use local woods for their instruments. Also their notion about making guitars for a living … Continue reading

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Purfling between your ribs..

Between the ribs of both theorbos there is a small band of a contrasting color.  Walnut for the ash bowl of the Sellas, and vice versa on the Schelle. They are almost a photo negative of each other. The 1,5 … Continue reading

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Joining guitar tops with fire

One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue. Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took … Continue reading

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Inside the Larrivee workshop

A 1983 documentary about the Larrivee workshops. A lot of great luthiers started their careers here. The video gives great insight in their working methods. Especially the often very creative solutions used in a pre-cnc workshop.

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Making the Höfner Violin Beatle Bass

Probably the most famous bass guitar in history: Paul McCartney’s Höfner Violin Bass. The compact shortscale instrument is ideal for those melodic bass lines we know from the Beatles songs. This film shows how these cute little basses are still … Continue reading

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A token of friendship: the “Cubacaster”

May I present to you my latest creation: the “Cubacaster”… One of my side-projects. This guitar was entirely made of repurposed materials. The neck and tuners once were part of a Yamaha ‘tourgear’ beginner strat. Hardboard plates for the Danelectro-style … Continue reading

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