Stradivarius Baroque Guitar (after “Hill” Guitar)

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.

Classical Guitar after Robert Bouchet

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.