Tag Archives: #ThrowbackThursday

Parlour Guitars

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post is taking a look at the parlour guitar.

The parlour (or parlor as it’s known across the pond) is far closer to its ancestors, with its smaller body and narrow waist, than the modern larger bodied guitar and came to prominence in the 19th century.

It’s decline in the 1950s seems to coincide with the rise of the electric guitar but no correlation has been proven. However, since the turn of the new millennia, the parlour has been enjoying a renaissance with players citing their mid-range tone, historic vibe, and easy portability as reasons for choosing it over a regular guitar.

We have two wonderful parlour guitars:
– Dupont AU28: with back and sides in ovangkol and a spruce top this petite guitar packs quite a punch. Click here for more details
– Catherwood OAT: a very different, but equally punchy, guitar made from Celtic sacred woods (Oak, Ash, and Thorn) with a yew (another sacred wood) finger board. Click here for more details

Contact us to book your try out slot for these super guitars

Seasoning Wood

As it’s #GuitarMonth, today’s #ThrowbackThursday post is looking at the benefits of traditional seasoning.

You may ask why luthiers season wood in the first place. Well, seasoning does several things. In addition to drying the wood, seasoning reduces the overall weight of the timber and minimises the likelihood of structural problems.

Many manufacturers of instruments are using kiln drying rather than traditional seasoning because of the reduction in drying time which makes it far more economical. There can be downsides to this, however, as a leading guitar maker found when a batch of necks distorted.

Traditional air seasoning takes much more time and our luthiers usually leave their woods for at least ten years (the Madagascan Rosewood in the RSC was seasoned for over 50 years!). We have visited the drying sheds of all our luthiers and have seen the care and attention they lavish on their woods; starting with pieces still recognisable as parts of trees, to cut sheets, to necks, tops, backs, etc. All of which is evident when you play their instruments.

Covid-19

Can you believe it was a year ago #OnThisDay that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared #COVID19 a global pandemic?

The UK went into the first of three lockdowns shortly thereafter; the last of which is only just being eased.

The way we live, work, and shop has changed markedly, and possibly irrevocably, and not necessarily for the better.

Our showroom, as a consequence, has been closed to visitors for the best part of those twelve months so you can be certain that we are looking forward to April 12th when we can open our doors again.