Identify this guitar

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Ceder151
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Identify this guitar

Post by Ceder151 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:06 am

In the video of Anna Kowalska playing Barrios below, what guitar is she playing? I want to say a Rene Lacote replica because of the purfling and rossett style along with the fact that it appears to be spruce back and sides with a veneer of darker wood. Did Pons, Fabricatore and others also use spruce for back and sides like Lacote?

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Re: Identify this guitar

Post by Scot Tremblay » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:23 am

She is playing a copy of a guitar by French luthier Lete ca 1830 made by Dutch luthier Martin de Witte. Lete was contemporary with Lacote and Pons.

They used spruce as the base for an outer veneer of some hardwood. It could be Rosewood, Maple, Mahogany.... Generally it was only the back that was veneered but occasionally instruments had veneered sides as well.

This style of building was common in the French school and is an important ingredient in the "French" sound. It is not so commonly found in the other schools and basically not at all in the Viennese (extreamly rare). Fabricatori also seemed to not be so fond of the veneered back but quite often lined the inside of their guitars with paper.
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