Greetings to all!
I was born in São Paulo - Brazil in 1953, and started playing guitar at the age of 12, but took it seriously at 16 playing Beatles, Stones, The Who, etc. Classical music where very appealing as well and at 18 started to study music theory and classical guitar.
By my twenties lived in Salvador - Bahia studing with Walter Smetak in a group of microtonal guitars, amazing experience, and got interested in lutherie because of Smetak´s dozens of original instruments. By 1977 had an experience scraping out a semi acoustic eletric guitar finish and by 1978 went to Madrid to study classical guitar with D.Áureo Herrero, a former Segóvia´s student of the late 30´s. Met all the top guitarreros of the time, Ramirez III, Contreras, Arcangel Fernadez, Félix Manzanero and Vicente Camacho becoming his friend and purchasing two of his guitars. Also had another lutherie experience taking off the back of a cheap Epiphone guitar to make it shallower to improve the trebles because I had to play in the metro to increase money.
After returning from Spain taught music theory and classical guitar and by 1982 built my first instrument, a british lute kit. From then on took guitar making professionaly until retirement in 2011.
In the 90´s I was member of GAL attending the conventions of 92 and 95 been an exhibitor, lecturer, author and player on the guitar testing sessions.
In 1992 with the prohibition of the international trade of brazilian rosewood, I started in Brazil a 3 years project of seeds distribution and seedlings where I lived. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=98333
Built 234 instruments, mainly 6 strings classical guitars, but also a few vihuelas, one renaissance guitar, a few romantic guitars, Torres replicas and few 8 strings and two 10 strings guitars.
In 2007, started a project of an ecological guitar out of slash pine ( Pinus elliotii) from replantations here in Brazil for top, sides, backs and necks and the needed hardwoods from recicle sources (furnitures, house demolitions, etc.) Built six guitars of these and was a promising project, but guitarrists didn´t care much about it, so I gave up also due heavy tendinites.
By 2009 wrote and published my memoirs in portuguese and it was published in Italian in 2010 http://www.frignanilorenzo.com/edizioni ... o.-42.html
and in 2013 it was published in English.
Some of my guitars can be seen here: http://www.guitanda.com.br/instrumentos ... gomes.html
Since 2012 I´m living in the mountains of Southern Brazil where I have a small rural hostel enjoying retirement and the beautiful surrounding forrests of a National Park, playing guitar for myself and friends when time allows me. Perhaps I still will do something in lutherie: aeolic harps. Microtonal!!