The importance of understanding a project
When I talk with musicians or people just fascinated by guitars, I am often asked questions like:
- Which is the best wood for the construction of a guitar?
- Is rosewood higher quality than maple?
- Is a very thick or very thin soundboard better?
These questions have no universal answer.
What I think is that in a musical instrument it is not only the single element that matters, but rather the project in its entirety.
For example: for a very thin soundboard a certain structure is needed to support it, while for a thicker one to have the same structural balance the caracteristic of the box will be different;
Both options would lead to a unique, high quality instrument–each with completely different characteristics and sound.
What It Takes to Build a High Quality Guitar
My approach to the construction of the guitar starts from the study of the “great” instruments of the past: I analyze their sound and functioning, I replicate them and where it is possible I introduce innovations.
The 4 characteristics that I consider fundamental for a good guitar are:
- ease of use
- correct intonation
- deep basses and brilliant high frequencies
- wide dynamic range, from pianissimo to fortissimo
Designing a guitar means analyzing every single component and making the best structural and design choices in order to achieve the desired results for each of the 3 characteristics mentioned above.
If a project is well thought out, even poor wood can guarantee excellent results.
With the exception of tuners, keys, and strings, I do not use any semi-finished products. Only raw materials enter my workshop.
I start every project with simple wooden boards, and I transform them into finished guitar.
I build my guitars using both traditional tools and new technologies, almost always using templates and equipment that I’ve created myself.
I use materials, glues and paints that belong to traditional craftsmanship.