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Guitars

Archtop, gypsy jazz, flat top steelstring,
classical, flamenco, and more ...

Guitars

Archtop, gypsy jazz, flat top steelstring,
classical, flamenco, and more ...

Adam’s experience in guitar building covers an extensive range of models. Not only because of his broad interest in music styles, but also his continually research into history, techniques used and the sound related characteristics of musical instruments.


“I use this knowledge and obtained skills together with my playing experiences to improve my own designs to create high-quality instruments.”
All instruments are custom built according to the acoustic and aesthetic requirements of the customer, this includes scale length, neck width and neck profile to custom finishes.


“In addition to the usual finish in nitro lacquer, I also use shellac to finish the instruments.
This leads to a perceptible improvement of the sound characteristics, especially for acoustic instruments.
I keep the customer informed throughout the construction process by regular photographs that shows each and every important step of their instrument in the making.”

A number of my hand-crafted instruments can be found in the Gallery.

Discover the building process of some of the exhibited guitars.

Archtop guitars

  • Vintage style and contemporary designs of 16 and 17 inch guitars with carved top and back made of solid timbers
     
  • The tops are built with parallel tone bars or X-bracing depending on the desired tonal properties
     
  • The top is made of European spruce (origin: Germany, Switzerland and Italy)
     
  • The back is carved out of European maple, but all other hardwood types are taken into consideration
     
  • Scale length: 24 ¾ inch (629 mm), 25 inch (635 mm), or long scale 25.5 inch (648 mm)
     
  • Body thickness: 2 ¼, 3 inch, 3 ¼ inch, 3 3/8 inch
     
  • Bindings: wood or celluloid
     
  • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer or French polished (shellac). Naturel, vintage naturel and a broad spectrum of sunburst finishes on request
     
  • Specialty: reproduction of the first American archtop guitars of the twenties and thirties
     

All hardware is first class brands or own manufacture.


17 Inch excel archtop in the Gallery.

Gypsy jazz guitars

  • First class instruments made of solid timbers, built with the necessary ‘pliage’ (bent and domed top) for that typical loud volume and projection associated with these guitars
     
  • Top: European spruce or Western Red Cedar
     
  • Back and sides: all hardwood types are considered
     
  • Standard scale length: 67cm (26 3/8 inch), other scale lengths on request
     
  • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer or French polished (shellac)
     

Gypsy Petite Bouche in the Gallery
Gypsy Petite Bouche modern in the Gallery.
Gypsy Grande Bouche in the Gallery.

Gipsy Jazz Guitar

Flat top steelstring guitars

  • Vintage and contemporary designs of all models from parlor guitars to dreadnoughts
     
  • Built according to the intended use and playing style e.g. light top with scalloped bracing for fingerpicking,
    heavier built top for strumming or flatpicking
     
  • Top: European spruce, Sitka spruce or Western Red Cedar
     
  • Back and sides: all hardwood types are considered
     
  • Scale length: 24 ¾ inch (629 mm), 25 inch (635 mm), 25.4 inch (645 mm)
     
  • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer or French polished (shellac)
     

Flat top steelstring guitars in the gallery.

Flat top steelstring guitars

Classical- and flamenco guitars

  • High quality instruments built according to the tradition of the Spanish Grand masters of classical guitar
     
  • All classical and flamenco guitars are built using a ‘solera’ and with the finest timbers
     
  • Top: European spruce or Western Red Cedar
     
  • Back and sides: East Indian Rosewood, Maple or Cypress (Flamenco)
     
  • Scale length: 65 cm or 66 cm
     
  • Finish: French polished (shellac)
     

Others

  • Electric solid body guitars
     
  • Mandolins (flat top or carved top)
     
  • Ukuleles (soprano, concert, tenor)
     

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F5 Mandolin in the gallery.

F5 Mandolin

Prices

With regard to the wide range available and the wide choice of options and personal preferences, prices are calculated on the basis of the model, options and specific requirements of the customer.

Please feel free to contact me for more information on specific requirements. Asking for a price offer does not entail any obligations.