Reitz Guitars / Classical - Made To Order / 2010's / Guitar For Sale
My classical guitars are simple, functional, resonant and very playable instruments.
The starting point is a 650 mm mensur and a traditional choice of materials:
- Spruce or western red cedar deck
- Indian rosewood back and sides
- Ebony fingerboard
I have built with traditional 5 and 7 strut fan bracing, lattice bracing, and I have so far ended up with a design heavily inspired by Robert Bouchet's guitars.
It is a 6 strut fanbracing with a transverse brace under the bridge.
The transverse brace is made so that it bridges the each of the 6 fan braces.
It gives a great stiffness across the deck, which can then can be made thinner.
I also take great care around playability on these guitars . Some classical guitars have a clumsy neck and can be unnecessary difficult to play. There is no reason for this, when you might as well can make an easy playing neck.
As for finish, I prefer nitrocellulose lacquer. The decks are painted as thin as possible. This is a balance to make a finish that has a degree of abrasion resistance, but at the same time not adversely affect the sound and tone. If you shellak (french polish) it can be done, but usually I would advise against it.
The main reason is that I do a lot of repair work on shellak polished guitars, and they are really delicate. A shellak polished deck requires that you are really good at maintaining the guitar, which most players ofcourse also are though.
I do not think that a nitrocellulose finish is worse than shellac, as long as it is applied in a thin layer.
Many commercially produced, but still expensive guitars, are coated with a thick layer of two-component lacquer which does not do any any good for the sound. It shines, but does not sound good, so I keep do not use this method.
There are various options in terms of tuning machines. I usually use Schaller as a real good standard mechanics, or Irving Sloane if it is to be even better and more expensive.
Reitz Guitars, Denmark
The Reitz Guitars workshop is situated in Skals, 12 km north of Viborg, Denmark.
Here I build stringed instruments.
Steel string guitars, classical guitars, gypsy guitars, jazz guitars, mandolin instruments, electric guitars, electric basses, lap steels and more.
I have a line of more or less set models, and do custom projects as well.
When buying a Reitz instrument, you get an easily played instrument of high quality and a
high level of service.
I do repairs and setups as well.
- Anything from a buzzing string to complete rebuilds.
Today it is no problem to send instruments safely from one country to another, so don´t hessitate to
contact me for a repair.
Or come and visit - You´re welcome.
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