This is Esther. I think she is a great guitarist but I am not the most objective person on this matter cause I married her. Today exactly 20 years ago. That’s what I call a good cause to put her on my site even though she is a little uncomfortable with it.
But she agrees she can’t be left out of my list of guitarists playing my instruments. So here she is. Beautifully playing Bach on a fifth bass guitar I made in 1994.
Last month Tariq Harb sent me this beautiful Regondi excerpt together with some questions about his 1996 built, spruce top guitar he just bought at the Grand Guitar Salon in Montreal. In case you have the same questions, these are my answers. In case you have other ones: don’t hesitate to ask.
Is it built using traditional construction? If so, are there 7 fan struts or more/less?
The guitar is built quite traditional with 5 fan struts.
Do you generally follow the Torres model, or any other model? Do you still use the same method of construction for your new guitars?
My instruments have changed over the years. I am always looking for something better of course. But although my model is a little different at the moment, I use the same traditional way of building. Not exactly the same as Torres but still based on it.
Last week a guy named Tom Knoflook came into my workshop and asked me if it was ok to take some pictures. I think he did a great job.