renaissance guitar build

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gilles T
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renaissance guitar build

Post by gilles T » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:58 pm

Hello dear fellow members,

Does anyone know where to find plans for a renaissance guitar and/or shed some lights about timber choice, internal bracing, and current dimensions ?

Since there's no extant historical instrument, I assume modern luthiers build renaissance guitars as a "lighter" baroque guitar, but I may be wrong...
Any information, inputs and tips would be the most welcomed.

Thanks in advance,


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Re: renaissance guitar build

Post by Emil Krasich » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:22 pm

If you haven't read this thread on ning yet, you might want to take a look: ... nce-guitar

Best of luck in your endeavours!

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Re: renaissance guitar build

Post by Michael.N. » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:14 pm

I don't think I've come across a plan for a renaissance guitar. I made this flat back renaissance guitar which I based on the Diaz, so it's very close to those dimensions. If you have some experience it's really not necessary to have a plan. They are pretty simple instruments, soundboard bracing isn't necessary apart from the two harmonic bars perhaps. I used three bars on the back. Simple instruments but not necessarily easy to make. You can virtually strip it of all superfluous decoration - what they call a student instrument - and it will still play and sound as good as a highly decorated renaissance guitar despite what many people think.
If you have trouble locating a plan I can draw around the templates that I made and send them. You will need some more details but those can be given in text.
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