- overall price and construction time of your guitar depends on materials and complexity,
- specification: scale length, string spacings, number of strings, tuners, overall shape
- materials: top, body, neck, headplate, inlays
- construction time usually takes from 3 to 6 months
- to start building a custom guitar downpayment may be needed
- classical guitar students can get reduction in price, please discuss any details
- price of classical, period and modern guitars usually does not include a hard case,
however without one I hand over the instrument only personally
- if you want to have the instrument delivered by a postal service, it is necessary to choose a hard case,
which I buid customized for any guitar of atypical dimensions
- the hex wrench to adjust the truss rod is provided for free
- manufacturing process will be upon request fotodocumented
- audio samples are not processed using any equalization or effects
Shellac care and humidity
A subtle layer of shellac contributes to overall sound quality, because by contrast to synthetic lacquers, its application in the slightest thickness is possible, so that the oscillations of wood remain under minimal attenuation, whereby the soft and warm nature of tone itself is not diminished.
Shellac is a natural product, whose quality depends on several factors. It is unresistant to:
- mechanical damage (nail scratches, etc.)
- player's aggressive sweat, under which it can get rough and loose its gloss
- formation of micro-cracks, caused by wood's expansion when exposed to significant temperature and mostly humidity variations
- alcohol, its solvent
Nevertheless, luthiers skilled in French polishing can repair such damages. The required time always depends on the extent of damage.
The most important is to maintain humidity of the guitar, using humidifier put inside its body. It should vary within the scope of a narrow interval of about 40%! If too low, the wood contracts, if too high, it expands. This can lead to unrepairable damages by cracking, for example the top of the guitar.
Necks of my guitars are usually reinforced using a dual action truss rod, which allows them to be slightly bendable in both directions. If you loosen the strings a little, you can get the hex wrench in. Turning it clockwise bows the rod to pull against the tension of strings and lower their action, turning counterclockwise supports the strings to bow the neck more.
The other option is to adjust saddle height by either sanding its bottom a bit, or replacing for a new one. Similarly, the same could be done with the nut.
A brand new guitar is always completely set up utilizing all three steps, but as the instrument settles down over time, or after changing strings of harder or softer tension, further neck adjustments are likely to be needed.