My name is Eduardo Bossa and I am a classical guitar maker in Cartagena, Colombia.
Classical guitar making, hmmm... It was a long and winding road, but I finally ended up making guitars. And I love it! I started out playing classical guitar, went at it for several years in the Fine Arts School of Cartagena and later on in the Amsterdam Conservatorium in the Netherlands. However, as I got further into it, I got less interested in performing and more interested in the mysteries of guitar making. What makes a guitar great? What makes each guitar so individual and different from each other? How come (most) luthier made guitars are sooo much more expressive than factory made ones?
So I ended up trying to find out for myself: reading, listening, studying guitars, and eventually making my own guitars. And in the process I found out that a) there is surprisingly little information about the subject, and great information is even harder to come by; b) it is natural that there is little information as there are things that just can't effectively be put into words, and c) there are no straight answers, it is all relative and takes constant study, trial and error, and sharing and collaboration to further this art. And it is on the latter that you guys come in: this platform allows us to share and collaborate in ways that were previously unavailable.
I apologize beforehand because I do not post very often. I wish I could, but I do not have the time. I have been a regular reader of your forums but I have never posted before mainly for two reasons. Firstly, I find that you have so many valuable contributors that I usually don't find much to add to what has already been said. Secondly, when I do think of something I want to constribute, then usually someone will post whatever it is I wanted to say first, and better written than I ever could have myself
. But I will make an honest attempt to pitch in every now and then.
Finally, I want to thank you all for your entertaining and informative posts; they are as much valuable as fun to read.