The original of this guitar is the Stradivarius Baroque Guitar (dated 1680/88) in the Hill Collection in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. I started building back in Spring 2015. It’s now close to becoming a complete guitar as I glue the soundboard onto the already assembled back, ribs & neck. It’s been a slow painstaking process to ensure that I get it right.
I love the Martin OM with its small and pleasing shape body and brilliant high- and mid-range response. The instrument is still settling in but so far has a brilliantly silvery tone, very strong in the middle and upper registers but still finding its voice in the bass. I expect the latter to develop with time as the structure relaxes.
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. 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. The instrument I have built is louder than any classical guitar I have ever played, and the sustain is amazing.