Romantic & 6 course Spanish Guitar

Student romantic guitar circa1820 (Edinburgh No.298)

Based on an Anonymous Terz in the Edinburgh collection, back and sides in pear wood, soundboard in western red cedar, bog oak fingerboard or Indian rosewood, neck and peg box in figured maple, pegs in Indian rosewood. £1242, excluding case.
(This instruments can be heard on Jamie Akers' Cd 'A soldiers return')

6 course Spanish Guitar based on Joseph Benedid,
 Cadiz 1787 (Met Museum 1992.1.2)

This new affordable guitar is the 6 course Spanish Guitar, a transitional instrument between the Baroque and the Early Romantic single strung guitar. This instrument can be strung as a Vihuela, a Baroque guitar (as seen above), a 6 course Spanish guitar ( as seen above) and 6 single Early Romantic Guitar (as above), so 4 in one if you really want to explore music!
The 6 course had a short life span, circa 1780's to 1810's. Some examples can be found on You-Tube played by Thomas Schmitt or via Presto Classical of Fernando Ferandiere's, Moretti's and Guzman's music, as well as recordings of Boccherini's guitar quintets by Jose Moreno, so plenty of nice music (

6 course guitars are by Pages and Benedid, most in the Barcelona Music Museum. The typical 6 course has a similar body length and depth to the late baroque guitars, some still having gut frets on the fingerboard but this one was made with metal, considering some guitar players may not be familiar with replacing gut frets. The body is made of light weight English Yew, ebonised maple neck and head stock, pearwood pegs, Indian Rosewood bridge, alpine spruce top. Ebony edging like a lute would have. This instrument can be made without the sound hole rings (minus £100) Hear it being played here :

£ 950 excluding case

Retail on this very instrument:

Early Romantic Guitar based on Lacote

This Early Romantic guitar is based on a guitar by Lacote c1825, Edinburgh Collection Nr 2521, with a label inside " F.Burkinyoung &Co/Old Court House Street/ Calcutta" another label, signed in ink  reads " F.Sor". The back and sides are made of Pearwood, neck and peg headstock in ebonies maple, pegs in Indian rosewood, sound hole edging and inner purfling in ebony/holly. It can be heard beautifully played here via the link below

£1941, not including case price

1 comment:

  1. Hear it on Jamie Akers new CD