Construction

sound-board-tappingI work alone making each instrument by hand using traditional Spanish construction methods.

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I construct relatively small-bodied, light-weight classical guitars with a fan-braced top.

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They have a traditional ‘Spanish heel’, with wedges to secure the sides, using a similar method as Jose Rominillos.

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The V head/neck joint is an attractive detail, adding strength and requiring considerable skill to execute well.

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The rosettes, bindings and purflings are individual to each instrument, complementing the other materials used. The rosette is made by hand from wood veneers. My rosettes are variations based on a traditional pattern used by Torres. I aim for my guitars to have a simple, understated aesthetic.

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The sound board, back and sides are all hand planed to thickness to within 0.1mm tolerance.

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The sides are individually steam bent to shape.

french-polishing

Most of the guitars I have made use an oil finish that I believe shows the natural qualities of the wood to their full advantage. This finish is becoming increasingly popular among luthiers and players as it provides a surface coating that is tough and durable, protecting the wood from changes in humidity, while being incredibly thin and flexible, and allowing the wood to vibrate freely. However I can also provide a traditional french polished finish if you prefer.

See about me to find out how I became a luthier.

© Miles Henderson Smith 2017