Classical Guitar after Robert Bouchet

About The Design

For this guitar I used the Robert Bouchet design from Roy Courtnall’s book “Making Master Guitars”.  It appealed visually both because of its pleasing shape and the simplicity of its decoration: Bouchet seemed not to want to detract from the visual impact by having excessive ornamentation.  Also, Bouchet guitars have a reputation for being loud and sonorous. 

I have largely stuck to the design, only changing a few things to do with decoration, such as my own design for the top of the headstock. 

Julian Bream owns a Bouchet original, which is testimony to the skills of the maker.  The instrument I have built is certainly louder than any classical guitar I have ever played, and the sustain is amazing.


Materials & Finish

I chose traditional materials throughout:

  • Soundboard, Tentellones & Bracing – European Spruce
  • Back, Ribs, Bridge & Headstock Veneer – Madagascan Rosewood
  • Neck, Linings & Back Bracing – Spanish Cedar
  • Fingerboard – Ebony/Bone
  • Tuning Machines – Schaller

I finished the soundboard with hand-rubbed French Polish, and the back, ribs & neck with a water-based coating (KTM-9) which I gave a satin rather than high gloss effect.