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A new addition to the site a fascinating section on German pre-war and post-war archtop guitars. A fine and informative introduction is by Thomas Kampe a prolific collector of this genre of guitar, please take the time to have a look around.
Jokko at Manouche Picks has been hard at it developing and building plectrums and pickup systems forthe Manouche and acoustic archtop guitar.Take a look and see what he has to offer on my site
Phillipe Bosset 80/20 Acoustic Archtop Strings
Philippe Bosset strings for acoustic guitar will satisfy the most demanding guitarists.
They are made with high quality materials containing the lowest level of impurities on the market, slowly spun on a hexagonal stainless steel core following an ultra precise manufacturing process.
Reinforcement of the splice at the retaining ball gives the treble strings better strength.
Free postage and packaging within the UK
And economical carraige for the rest of the world
New CD Release
Featuring Nigel Price Fibonacci Endorser
"Tricotism is our second recording together and it is very much in the same mould. We've taken inspiration from the great Peterson/Pass/Brown trio. The repertoire is broadly from the Great American Songbook with a couple of curve balls thrown in. All three of us love to groove and this unit and recording provides these things aplenty!
We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it."
Includes unlimited streaming of Nostalgia via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Available on Bandcamp now click on the image to take you to
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Fibonacci 2020 Catalogue
Pierrick Brua is an Artisan luthier working in Montpellier since 1993. His awards include Master Craftsman of Art, and "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" for the design and construction of high quality custom guitars. The passion for his profession has only grown with many years of experience. This is reflected in constant attention to superior craftsmanship and detail. Each instrument is made to order and constructed according to unique specifications.His primary intent is to construct a guitar that meets your expectations, desires, and needs.
‘’Focused on providing professional Lutherie services, my goal is to make unique pieces that vibrate by innovating in a world where multiple factors can affect the conception of a musical instrument. I always aim to build instruments that are very responsive, easy and fun to play, to help you free your inspirations!’’ –Guillaume Rancourt-
It has been great working with award winning jazz guitarist, Nigel Price, to produce this stunning archtop. Nigel’s specifications, has contributed something very special to our range of guitars. Appropriately named, ‘The Londoner’.
Sabolovic guitars: The excellence of Lutherie
For more than 25 years, Sabolovic Guitars has been passionately specialized in the production of jazz archtop guitar.
All the building process adheres to the historic traditions and is performed by hand at Sabolovic’ guitars workshop based in France.
Now I am guitarmaker for close to 40 years and have worked for some famous clients. (Al di Meola, Steve Howe, Chieli Minucci, Randy Bachman, Ahmet Kanneci , Camillo Sauvalle, Andreas Dombert and some famous collectors like Scott Chinery etc.)
I started building classical guitars and specialised in custom made guitars and later added the Archtop jazz guitar as it attracted my attention and passion.
Gallonegro was born as a new game, but a very responsible and passionate game, practiced by a group of professionals with extensive and outstanding experience in the world of guitars.
DEF Custom guitars Paris is a wonderful one man luthier business based on designing stunning custom Telecaster style guitars for the gigging player a guitar he can rely on and afford
Prior to setting up shop in British Columbia Wyatt had his workshop in Savannah, Georgia where he worked as apprentice to renowned jazz guitar maker Bob Benedetto shortly after Bob opened his shop there. As well as building Bob’s high-end guitars Wyatt also had the title of Master Craftsman of the company and filled many rolls, all the while still whittling away in his own shop
Matt Maranger is a highly skilled and imaginative luthier who utilises reclaimed tonewood in his builds and also uses enviromentally friendly products in his finish.
He passed out from his Luthier college with a Masters.
His acoustic archtop and flat top acoustic builds a made in such away you cant take your eyes of them, his electric builds are totally avant garde and need to be seen.
Started building guitars professionally in 2011 after 3 years of studies at the Bruand Guitar School in Montreal, Canada, where he learned classical and acoustic guitar making and design as well as basic tool-handling techniques. This training was complemented by an applied arts course at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.
Rooted in the tradition of California’s guitar builders from a past generation, Grez Guitars builds R.C. Allen-designed archtops and unique semi-hollowbodies loosely influenced by P.A. Bigsby’s construction techniques as well as steel string flat top acoustics, solid body guitars and basses. Each handcrafted guitar is a singular creation, combining a unique style and approach to voicing with each musician’s personal touches.
This is the work of Nicolai Schorr, he builds guitars and basses by hand in his shop in Berlin, Neukölln. He takes his work very seriously. After studying art for six years and playing and performing music for a decade, this is where he is. Building stunning guitars
Iker is a young luthier from a small town near Bilbao (Spain).His beginnings in lutheria began in a natural way, after working for years as a sound engineer, playing the guitar and being surrounded by music continuously. He began his studies of lutheria in BELE (Basque School of Violin Making) where he spent four years, during those years he trained in the acoustics and restoration of the instruments. He also built some classical instruments (violin, viola and cello).
Amazing one piece soundboard and backplate carved in a wonderful maple and cherry wood.
Soundboard: carved, calibrated in massive maple (1 piece soundboard)
Bracing: Vertical maple massive center-block.Back plate: Carved in massive cherry wood (1 piece back).
Rims: Curly maple, 35 mm.Neck: carved in maple.Fingerboard: Rosewood 12″ radius.Scale: 635 mm (25’) with 21 frets.
Headstock: Maple and Rosewood.
Headstock inlay: Sabolovic identity in pearl engraved.
Nut : Bone 44mmBinding :
Multi layer bindingPickguard: suspended plexiglass.Bridge:
Tune’o’matic roller bridgeTailpiece: stop bar tailpieceTuners: Imperial Schaller
Pickups: Benedetti Rawbuckers with 2 Vol, 2 Tone, Switch 6 positions.
Finish: Red dye, nitrocellulose finish
Case included in price, delivery and taxes are additional.
The journey from high-school jazz devotee to the finest young guitar maker working today, according to Chamber Music America, was a rich and complicated one.
After establishing his own brand and working for over a decade in New York City, Stephen Marchione moved to the Montrose arts district in Houston, Texas, where he builds his entire family of guitars.
Additionally, Marchione has also studied privately since 1994 with Manhattan-based violin maker Guy Rabut. “I try to build one violin a year to keep my chops up”, says Marchione. He feels that building classical guitars and violins broadens his understanding of top thicknessing, tap tuning, and surface preparation.
Similarly, building electric guitars has taught him the importance of the fretboard in a player’s appreciation of a guitar. Marchione is considered one of a very few leading-edge pioneers in the design of guitars that combine elements of both jazz and classical construction. This well-rounded approach contributes to the magic one finds in a Marchione instrument, a magic that is at once very broad yet truly individual.