Early guitars are guitars made after the ideals of the past. Most guitarists use these guitars to perform music the way it originally was written by the composer, as a means to interpret how things could have sounded in the past. But early instruments aren't only an intellectual practice, they also offer new ways of music making in itself, opening timbrical spaces and new interfaces to search artistic expressions in unexpected ways. Early guitars are really fun and great for playing with others.
Early instruments also opens new spaces for the craftsman. Like with music, the craft of making guitars has developed over the centuries, celebrating different estethical ideals and methodological approaches. As a guitarmaker today, making early guitars is a rewarding way of understanding the developments of the instrument and thus gaining a deeper understanding of the thing itself. Because in many ways, early guitars work differently than modern ones, both in physics and in esthetics.
Early guitars are based on old guitars that have survived the centuries and are kept at museums today. Researching them give us a good understanding of the methods used when making them, the materials preferred at the time, the range of shapes and sizes, how they were played and even the timbrical intentions behind. But they are also removed from the context, and leave a lot of questions unanswered.
Over the last 10 years I've done practical research in historical guitars, trying out a variety of methods and sizes. Rather than making copies of survived instruments, I prefer to make my own interpretations through historical lutherie techniques.
I offer early guitars of all kinds: baroque guitars, renessaince guitars, romantic guitars and vihuelas. Contact me to find out what I have for sale at the moment, or order your personalized instrument.