Some weeks ago I commissioned a guitar, a Torres FE17, from Philipp Lerche, who is also a forum member here. Today Philipp sent me the first pictures of my new guitar, and he allowed me to post a few here in the forum. The guitar is not finished yet, but the pictures already show the master work in progress. I hope I can visit Philipp this summer in Leipzig and get the guitar directly from him (without shipping). If so, then we will celebrate the birth of the new master work in a good restaurant in the city of Leipzig.
I already have 19 guitars, but I think this instrument will be something special. It will be the first guitar that I don't buy second hand but that I commission and receive from a luthier. Philipp and I discussed all the properties of the new guitar, so it will be the first guitar that fits perfectly to all my needs. My fingers are a bit shorter than average, so the guitar will have a scale length of 63cm. However, my finger tips a thicker than average, so the nut width will be 54mm, that means 2 additional mm at the nut and 1 additional mm at the 12th fret.
Philipp showed me some nice pictures of spruce for the top and various flamed and non-flamed wood for the back. At the end we decided to take a nice Alp spruce top and a beautiful flamed walnut back. Here are 3 of the newest pictures...
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21 classical guitars, soon 22 :-D, 1 digital piano - no TV, no radio