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Construction: Romantic Guitar
Top Wood: Spruce
Back and Sides Wood: Birds-Eye Maple
Knud Sindt is one of those guitar makers and luthiers who live in hiding. There are only few of them already, but they still exist. That is to say, that access to them is quite tricky. In times when through social networks and the internet you can find almost anything with Knud this is not the case. It is difficult to find out about him. I didn’t ask him but I think he just doesn’t care about it. Kind of a bohemian guitar maker. Knud moves as in the old days by word of mouth and acquaintances. If you look for information about him there is hardly any, but this does not detract from the fact that the quality of this builder is of a high standard.
Knud specializes in making antique string instruments such as lutes, theorbos, and baroque guitars. But taking advantage of his connection to the city of Granada, where there is the highest concentration of classical guitar makers in the world and where he has been living for more than 20 years, he decided almost a decade ago to build romantic guitars as well. The first one he made was a copy of Jean Nicolas Grobert 1794-1869 made by Grobert in 1830. Then he devoted himself exclusively to making copies of Lacote. And this one we have here in Madera is a copy of one made by the French genius in 1829.
As we know romantic guitars do not have a sound as broad as classical guitars but they do have great refinement and clarity. Sweeter sound and very musical giving the appropriate character to the music of the time, Fernando Sor, Paganini, Giuliani, Carcassi, Mertz, Rigondi …
At our request, we have made the neck of the guitar a little thicker than normal for a romantic guitar so that the classical guitarist’s playability can fit it very easily. We also asked him for 20 standard frets. The headstock is also made by the prestigious high-precision German brand –Wittner-. A tuning mechanism in period-looking pegs is just like the wooden ones used in the 19th century but these pegs are not made of wood but made of high-tech material as the branch informs. And the tuning is done quickly and always precise due to its modern mechanism unlike the wood pegs of the time which are very tedious and sometimes quite complicated to use. These ones are smooth, fast, and precise.
The wood used by Knud is also a special choice for Madera of exceptional quality and spectacular aesthetics as can be seen in the maple with its eye bird effect qualities.
The strap to support the guitar while playing is handmade in Spain and in our opinion beautifully designed in blue. playing standing or sitting as you like with it without the need for footstand is very comfortable and convenient.
Also, this guitar has a handmade case specially made with the right dimensions for this particular guitar.
A beautiful gem of a romantic guitar made by a great luthier specialist in the making of period instruments.
Scale Length: 630 mm
Nut Width: 48.5mm
12th Fret Width: 58mm
Guitar Length: 950mm
Body Length: 440mm
1st Fret. 6th string to 1st string: 40mm
12th Fret. 6th string to 1st string: 45mm
Bridge. 6th string to 1st string: 53mm
Side Width Upper body: 75mm
Side Width Lower body: 80mm
12th fret to 6th String Height: 3.9mm
12th Fret to 1st String Height: 3.0mm
Tuning Pegs: Wittner
Knud Sindt was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1966.
From an early age, he was attracted by instruments and instrument making, especially stringed instruments. Following his vocation, he went to study at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria di Milano in Italy, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe to study luthiery. After graduating there he stayed briefly in Italy before deciding to move to Spain. For more than 20 years he has been living in Granada where he has his family and where he has developed most of his career as a renowned luthier making only period instruments such as Laud, theorbo, baroque guitar, and romantic guitar specializing in 19th-century French school guitars such as Grobert or Lacote.
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