Guitar Making

The manufacture of the Classical and Flamenco guitars is based on the traditional Spanish method, marked by its logical sequence of manufacture and assembly of the different elements and instruments.

This method has been developed by the fabulous Spanish guitar maker Antonio Torres (considered to be the father of the modern guitar) during the second half of the 19th century and with some slight modifications (and even with no modifications) it is applied nowadays by most contemporary guitar makers.

The most characteristic feature of that method is the mode of assembly of the different elements of the guitar. This is made on a special working table (Solera) in the following sequence:

  • • Gluing the fingerboard to the top board (facing down)
  • • Gluing the sides
  • • Gluing the back board
  • • Polishing
  • The pictures attached illustrate the preparation of each element and the main stages of the manufacture of a classical guitar, using the traditional Spanish method.

  • 1 - Fingerboard
  • 2 - Top board
  • 3 - Sides
  • 4 - Back board
  • 5 - Assembly of the elements
  • 6 - Polishing

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