Some of the plucked-string instruments I own and love:



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The Estruch guitar


A classic guitar by Estruch (Barcelona, Spain) sold to me in 1959 by Charles Gestantas, of Houston, TX, USA.This was a good "starter" guitar, with very nice action, but the tone was muddy when I got it, and has not improved with age. It was lent out from 1985 to 2002, and not as well treated as I would have liked, which accounts for the condition of the top.


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body, another view

body and neck

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The Kurosawa guitar


A classic guitar by Kurosawa Sumio (Tokyo, Japan), sold to me in 1968 by a guitar store very near Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. This guitar has a lovely, strong, full tone, quite as good as that of the Marcelino Barbero concert-grade instrument which I had on loan from 1993 through 2003, as well as a particularly nice action. I was quite pleased by my purchase at the time, and have become very much more so in the years I've owned it. Including the train fare to and from the store, I spent the Yen equivalent of $92.00 for this instrument.


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body, another view

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pegbox


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rosette

rosette, another view

The Lawrence Brown lute


A Hieber-pattern 8-course Renaissance lute in G by Lawrence K. Brown (Asheville, NC, USA), sold to me by The Boulder Early Music Shop, Boulder, CO, USA. While this instrument is a student-grade lute, it has a wonderfully sweet tone, good sustain, and an extremely nice action, and I consider myself quite fortunate to have it.


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body and neck

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rosette

The UNM luthiery program vihuela


A Renaissance vihuela made by an unknown student in the luthiery course at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM, USA), and left to me by Catherine Godfrey, who inherited it from her sister Sarah. This instrument required considerable work by Arnold Hennig and Don Teeter to improve the action, as it was essentially unplayable when I got it. The tone is nothing particularly great: muddy and thumpy both,with no real sustain in the high notes. That is to say, it's obviously a first effort -- and, I expect, better than my first effort would be.


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body and neck

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