About the guitars

 The guitars that we build are a result of 15 years’ experience in the art of instrument making, as well as years of study of handmade guitars from the early ones until those of today. Continuing the tradition, we use the same methods and materials used for centuries to create guitars with the timeless, melodic voice of the Spanish classical guitar, while maintaining a contemporary perspective on design and aesthetics.

 The essential part in the construction of the guitar is the choice of wood: the species to be used, the quality of the wood, and the way it has been cut and aged. We use only high quality wood that we have personally chosen piece by piece.

 There is a wide range of woods to choose from when building a guitar. The species we use most is Italian spruce from the area of Val Di Fiemme*, or cedar for the soundboard. We use Indian rosewood, maple or Cretan cypress for the back and sides, Honduran cedar for the neck, and ebony for the fingerboard.

 All the guitars are French-polished. The main ingredient of the finish is shellac, which is preferred for its acoustic properties and visual beauty. Shellac is a delicate finish, but with a little care, the guitar can be left free of marks for a long time.

 

 

* Val Di Fiemme spruce: the region of Val Di Fiemme is situated in the Italian Alps. Due to the area’s microclimate, the spruce that grows there has been shown to have better sound quality than any other spruce in the world. It’s known that Antonio Stradivari chose spruce from this region for his violins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the soundport

 The sound portal, or soundport, is usually an oval hole at the side of the guitar, which works together with the hole of the soundboard. The first experiments began in the 90s in Canada and the United States. However, if we take a closer look at the instruments of previous centuries in Europe, and also at those in our own greek tradition, we will see lutes, mandolins and other instruments with an additional hole (or holes) on the side. This extra hole allows for better air flow in the guitar body, making its frequencies richer and more productive, with both greater distinction between the notes and better projection.

 Also, the position of the hole under the left ear of the player (for the right handed), functions as a kind of natural monitor that allows him to listen better to what he is playing, and hear his guitar in stereo, which is very pleasing. Our sliding door construction allows him to open the soundport as much as he wishes, or even close it completely. Further, it is a particularly interesting aesthetic element that makes the guitar stand out.

 

 

 

 

Temperature and Humidity 

 The guitars are built in a humidity-controlled environment, at between 40% and 45% humidity. The ideal conditions for keeping a guitar after it leaves the workshop are a temperature of between 18-26 degrees Celsius and humidity between 45%-55%. If the guitar is always kept close to these conditions and is not exposed to sudden humidity and temperature changes, it will remain in excellent playable condition.