Construction: Classical Guitar
Top Wood: Cedar
Back and Sides Wood: Indian Rosewood
Paula Lazzarini is a guitar maker we admire here at Madera for her great talent and we also have a lot of affection for her jovial, friendly personality and her great passion and respect for the classical guitar, and guitar-making.
She combines knowledge of the guitar-making tradition as well as knowledge of the latest techniques in the making processes that she herself has applied and applies to her instruments. In this sense, we find a guitar maker very open-minded to new techniques, with a wide interest and at the same time mastery of them.
It is worth mentioning that Paula studied at University, as we said in her biography, Restoration and Conservation. And also she learned how to make violins and she in fact made already several ones which also she sold to violinists. Quite remarkable and admirable her abilities and vocation with the wood.
On the other hand, she is a guitar maker whose intention is to always maintain strong contact with the guitarists. There is a great empathy on her part in trying to understand as much as possible the world of classical guitarists, their particular needs, what they are looking for in a guitar, and what they need in the instrument to express themselves musically and give the best they have.
This perhaps comes to the fore in that Paula makes a very pleasant instrument for the classical guitarist, in dimensions, in playability which is tremendously comfortable, and in the expressive capacities of colors, balance and dynamics.
I was part of the jury when Paula won the Granada International Guitar Making competition and we were impressed by the projection of the instrument she had built. A guitar whose sound reaches far and projects very well even in large halls. This is remarkable because the guitar is not of large dimensions at all.
This is combined with a great job in craftmanship and a taste for aesthetic. His creativity in these aspects is also unique and impressive. In the photos, for example, you can see the excellent work on the head of the guitar and its originality maintaining a very attractive mix of a groundbreaking aesthetic but at the same time keeping the traditional and classic enhancement. A very interesting design in our opinion.
On the other hand, its rosette is also of great beauty and precision. Taking colors and shapes in total harmony with the rest of the guitar. Fantastic also the aesthetic relationship Paula has made between rosette and tie block ornament.
You can clearly notice Paula’s tendency toward the warm sound. Perhaps influenced by the sound of her admired Daniel Friederich with whom she had the opportunity to meet in person and exchange knowledge and friendship.
Paula’s sound is one of the details, with distinction, accuracy, and clean and open sound.
I would say a bit wet sound referring it in a positive way to the opposite of dryness. Pleasing to the ears and to the touch as it is a guitar that invites you to keep playing it. Very comfortable, very body-friendly dimensions. A guitar that doesn’t show you all its possibilities at once but invites you to explore it and discover them little by little, day after day.
-Alberto Cuéllar- (Madera Guitarras Founder)
Scale Length: 648 mm
Nut Width: 52.5mm
12th Fret Width: 62.5mm
Guitar Length: 990mm
Body Length: 482mm
1st Fret. 6th string to 1st string: 44.5mm
12th Fret. 6th string to 1st string: 50.0mm
Bridge. 6th string to 1st string: 57mm
Side Width Upper body: 90mm
Side Width Lower body: 98mm
12th fret to 6th String Height: 3.5mm
12th Fret to 1st String Height: 3.1mm
Tuning Machine: Schaller Grandtune
Paula Lazzarini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her youth, she studied History at the University. She explains here:
“ At a certain point in my career I found a strong interest in objects and artifacts from the past which eventually led me to enroll in a Masters’ Program in Restoration and Conservation at the University of San Martin, Argentina.
My curiosity for woods and musical instruments gradually led me to work, first, in instruments repair and, later on, in making classical guitars, under the direction of Ricardo Louzao, who taught me the art of guitar making as well as the passion to disseminate the Spanish classical guitar.
Since my early years in guitar making, I have always aimed for my own style and sound for my guitars.”
Paula made her first guitar in 2007. In 2016 she moved to Cremona, Italy where she opened her own guitar workshop. During her career, she visited and was influenced by European guitar makers from Italy, Holland, France … with whom she shared her passion for instrument making and restoration.
It is worth mentioning the brief stage he spent with the great master Daniel Friederich in Paris and more recently with guitar maker master Marín Montero in Granada, Spain.
An important moment in her career is the year 2021 when Paula entered the International Guitar-Making Competition in Granada and won the First Prize. It was a key moment for her excellent work and talent to be known all over the world and she started to be commissioned guitars, especially from the USA, China, and Japan.
“Guitar making is a long and dynamic process, whereby I not only transform and reshape the wood, but also my own passion for the instrument takes shape, in a ceaseless search for sound and, eventually, for the object that best represents me in every new guitar.”