Brunswicker & Apelt

Meisterwerkstatt für Konzert- und Flamencogitarren

 
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Guitars

our guitars are well balanced, have great carrying power and sustain with adequate separation of notes and are easy to play.

Woods 

The top is made of very fine spruce or cedar. Spruce and cedar give different tonal response, carrying power and richness of overtones. What the player prefers depends on the sound he/she wants and on the playing technique. We always have a few instruments in our workshop which he/she can try out to get an idea what he/she prefers. The back of the guitar works like an echo wall. The chosen kind of wood has influence on the sound colour of the instrument. We use Jacaranda and Indian Rosewood, flamed maple, cypress, mahogany and other tropical hard woods.
For the neck of the guitar, we favor light, strong Cedro or Khaya sorts. The fingerboard is made of highly resistant ebony. Varnish: Our instruments are shellac polished or hand varnished with cellulose lacquer.

Measures

The standard scale of the classical guitar is 650 mm.  For many players, however, a scale length of 630 mm is more appropriate regarding playing technique and sound forming. This scale length by the way had a long historical tradition before Torres. We therefore build classical guitars with this scale as well as with other longer and shorter scales lengths. Furthermore we offer specially made instruments for left handed players and variable measures of the fingerboard for all guitar models.

Construction

We work with differentiated strutting systems based on the Torres model. The soundboards of our guitars are arched both across their width and length (domed).

For the neck–to-body junction of the guitar we either use the “Spanish” construction following Torres or a junction which comes from the violin tradition. In the traditional “Spanish way” the neck is adjusted within the body by joining the sides into slots cut in the neck. With the “violin junction” the neck is attached to the body when the body is already closed. The “Spanish” junction allows a better transmission of vibrations form neck to top. The “violin” neck design is less labor intensive; therefore we are able to sell these guitars at a lower price.

Neck, headstock and heel are made out of the same wood plank. Being sawed lengthways it is glued together with quarter sawn layers of contrasting reinforcing strips in order to prevent  distortions of the neck.

As the headstocks of our instruments are connected to the neck with hidden dovetail or splice joint, the fibers of the wood always run parallel to the cut surface of the head. This minimizes the danger of breaking. The hidden dovetail connection is particularly skillful and stable.

The bridge 

has double drill-holes for the strings. This makes it easier to control the bending angle of the strings and simplifies string-changing.

 

 

 
Brunswicker & Apelt, Gitarrenbaumeister, Hühnerweg 8, D 60599 Frankfurt, Deutschland
Telefon +49 (0)69 617770
www.brunswicker-apelt.de
gitarre@brunswicker-apelt.de
 
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