Classical Guitars and copies

The basic price for a classical guitar from me is 6.600 Euro, typically featuring a spruce-top and Alessi tuning machines.

Fancy decorative features or special woods come extra, as does a (standard or custom-made) hardcase. I prefer to leave the choice of the most fitting case to the customer, but I am of course available if help is needed with the order of a custom-made case. This procedure de facto helps to keep costs down, as I do not put a profit margin on top of the case's price.

Prices include no VAT, in accordance with article 293b of the French General Tax code.

Classical six-string guitars

I propose classical guitars of my own design, slightly smaller than what may be considered the modern standard, and with very little concession to whatever today's Zeitgeist might be.

A good guitar is one that appeals to the player's senses, and inspires creativity. Though partly subjective, these are qualities that outlast(ed) any fashion. 

I finish my instruments using natural products only: shellac, gelatine and bee wax. And in accordance with an ancestral tradition, not only in lute-, but also in guitar-making, I do NOT varnish my soundboards (except on special request).

The basic price of the "Octave"-model is 7.500 Euro, featuring a composite "wood on wood"-top and "Pegheds"(TM). Fancy decorative features or special woods come extra, as does a(standard or custom-made) hardcase (see above).

Classical guitars with additional bass strings

As one may gather from various sections of this website, I am especially interested in guitars with additional bass-strings, both free-floating, or above the fretboard. My new model "Octave" is a result of this particular interest, and was especially designed as an 8-string classical guitar. It could be adapted to 7 or 9 strings, but I think it is a great guitar as it is.

The lyre-shaped head - and the distinctive mark of this model -, is equipped with Pegheds(TM), which make tuning nearly as accurate and easy as modern tuning machines.

Basic price of the baroque model after Koch is 4.800 Euro, that of the 8-string guitar after Anton Stauffer is 6.000 Euro, both featuring either custom-made traditional wooden pegs or "Pegheds"(TM), depending on the customer's choice. Fancy decorative features or special woods come extra, as does a custom-made hardcase (see above).

Other models on demand.

Copies of historical guitars

Although historical guitars have been one of my major interests in life for a very long time now, I do not consider myself as a specialist maker of historical copies. On customer demand mostly, I built copies after models by Torres, Esteso, Panormo and others, but the one model I stuck with is a small baroque guitar after Koch (Venise 1640, cf. the references section on this site). I probably could also be talked into making another copy of the 8-string guitar by Anton Stauffer, an instrument I once owned (and which is represented in Stauffer & Co.).

Order and delivery schedule

To confirm an order, I ask for a deposit of 20% of the final price. This deposit is refundable in full, if the finished instrument, for whatever reason, does not meet the customer's expectations.

Delivery time depends on a project's specifics, and my availability at a given period. Typically, I am able to deliver a new guitar 18 to 24 months after the 20% deposit cleared. Each project is based on a written estimate, which clearly indicates refund-conditions and delivery schedule.