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.