I was inspired to work this out after seeing a photo of a guitar by the Barcelona makers Ribot y Alcaniz- They made studio model guitars around the turn of the 20th century. I'm going call this variation of my own the 'Fin de Siecle' model- This is a photo of the Ribot y Alcaiz guitar that set me going on this project. I liked the shape of the plantilla and the narrow lower bout, and the bridge with rounded wings. Just took on it with a little imagination and let it develop.
I'm currently in Oakland CA staying in Stewart Port's guitar shop. If you live in the Bay Area and want meet and play the guitar before I go back to Japan Jan. 22 please send me a message, I'm leaving the guitar with a dealer in CA. but I would like to hear people play it and get feedback on it before I leave. So if you are inclined to brave the weather I can meet for coffee or you can visit Stewart's shop in Oakland, we are an open house.
The lower picture is my old bench, I used to work in Stew's shop about ten years ago. He's a specialist in Pre war Martin -Gibson and American guitars, always something interesting passing through for restoration. There's a picture of Stewart I took today at his bench on the other side of the wall. he was one of my teachers, employers and an old friend. We're enjoying the company of working together again while I visit. But he's still kind of bossy.........
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Patience at the bending iron pays in rounded dividends!