DESIGN

Here is  a set of design principles which I have adopted and implemented in my recent builds. There's lot of new ideas evolving in the luthiers community. New sustainable materials are developed and admitted.  Scientific studies about guitar behaviour and acoustics are available for those who are interested and individual luthiers

are able to market their products worldwide. We are certainly living in a golden age of guitar building at the moment.

Body size

Small. normal and drednought .R.1, R.2 and R.3. That's what one needs

Body frequencies

In the excellent book Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build   Australian luthiers Trevor Gore and Gerard Gilet have introduced practical ways to improve performance of the acoustic guitar.

I have adopted some of their ideas like 

- measuring and positioning of the main body resonances

- live back construction

- added side mass in order to adjust resonances 

- stiff sides and especially stiff top linings

Scale length

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Laminated Sides

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Neck to body joint

Since my early days as a builder I have used bolted neck to body joints in my own guitars. I have also built several guitars with the traditional dovetail joint. I believe there is no acoustical difference between these two techs but practical reasons favor the bolted one  

Neck profile

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Top bracing

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Top wood

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Appearance, decorations and exotic materials

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