Classical Guitars and copies
price for one of my classical guitars, featuring a spruce top and fine tuning machines, is 7.500 Euro. This price includes a made-to-measure Hiscox case.
Custom decorative features or special woods (i.e. those that require CITES-documents) come extra.
In accordance with article 293b of the French General Tax code, all my prices are VAT-free.
Classical six-string guitars
propose classical guitars of my own design, slightly smaller than what
may be considered the modern standard, and with very little concession to whatever today's
Zeitgeist might be.
A good guitar is one that appeals to the player's senses, and inspires creativity. Though partly subjective, these are qualities that outlast(ed) any fashion.
I finish my instruments using natural products only: shellac, gelatine and bee wax. And in accordance with an ancestral tradition, not only in lute-, but also in guitar-making, I do NOT varnish my soundboards (except on special request).
The basic price of the "Octave"-model is 7.800 Euro, featuring a composite "wood on wood"-top and "Pegheds"(TM). This price includes a made-to-measure Hiscox case.
Classical guitars with additional bass strings
As one may gather from various sections of this website, I am especially interested in guitars with additional bass-strings, both free-floating, or above the fretboard. My new model "Octave" is a result of this particular interest, and was especially designed as an 8-string classical guitar. It could be adapted to 7 or 9 strings, but I think it is a great guitar as it is.
The lyre-shaped head - and the distinctive mark of this model -, is equipped with Pegheds(TM), which make tuning nearly as accurate and easy as modern tuning machines.
The basic price of my baroque model after Koch is 6.000 Euro and that of an 8-string guitar after Anton Stauffer 6.600 Euro, both featuring either custom-made traditional wooden pegs or "Pegheds"(TM), depending on the customer's choice. Fancy decorative features or special woods come extra, as does a custom-made hardcase.
Other models on demand.
Copies of historical guitars
Although historical guitars have been one of my major interests in life for a very long time now, I do not consider myself as a specialist maker of historical copies. On customer demand mostly, I built copies after models by Torres, Esteso, Panormo and others, but the one model I stuck with is a small baroque guitar after Koch (Venise 1640, cf. the references section on this site). I probably could also be talked into making another copy of the 8-string guitar by Anton Stauffer, an instrument I once owned (and which is represented in Stauffer & Co.).
Order and delivery schedule
To confirm an order, I ask for a deposit of 20% of the final price. This deposit is refundable in full, if the finished instrument, for whatever reason, does not meet the customer's expectations.
Delivery time depends on a project's specifics, and my availability at a given period. Typically, I am able to deliver a new guitar 18 to 24 months after the 20% deposit cleared. Each project is based on a written estimate, which clearly indicates refund conditions and delivery schedule.