Maxmonte Guitars

Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

Long overdue updates

Hi there my friends on the cyberweb! I have not posted here in a LONG time and for that I apologize.

I just updated the site with a new harp guitar model, my take on a nylon strung instrument... check it out on the HGN page. I really like the shape, especially the arm and the harp head... it reminds me of a head from Alien!

I have a new Danube on the bench which will be something special... but for now the rosette inlay is giving me quite a few headaches! Stay tuned for more info on this new project.danube pieces

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

An afternoon with a luthier

I wanted to write about the nice experience I had a couple of weeks ago in san Maurizio d'Opaglio, presenting my work as a luthier and the beautiful concert Fancesco gave the same night, but Patrizia and Mauro put it down so nicely I'll steal their words. Check out their account of the day: un paese a sei corde

it's in Italian, but just for once, you can let Google Translate do the work for me :) 

PS, I tried and the result is not great, but it gets the point across. I particularly like where Google calls Francesco "almighty" :) :)

Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

Harp Guitar Pickups

It is not a new thing per se, but I thought it would be nice to re-post this since a lot of people ask about pickups for harp guitars.

here is a snippet of their post

 

seymour duncan blog

Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

A night in Venice

locandina m'interest

And so it was that I had a night out in Venice with my wife... to talk about guitars!

I was invited to give a presentation on what goes on in the weird connection between a luthier's head and his hands. Two old friends of mine planned a series of presentations on the value of artisanal work and the creative process behind it: boat building, hair dressing, wine making, beer brewing... and guitar making.
So, after leaving the kids with the baby sitter, we drove to Mestre to catch a train to Venice, and walked our way to Campo San Polo (thank you GPS!!!).

Monday, 18 November 2013 19:58

Nice Antiphony review on chitarra.accordo.it

Here is a very nice report of the Maxmonte Antiphony on the chitarre.accordo.it website.

The report is in italian... put if you want to have some idea of what it says check out the automated translation by google: Maxmonte Antiphony

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:58

The other side of guitar festivals

So, what do luthiers do when (almost) no guitarist is looking? Of course they work their magic to make awesome guitars, search the world for the perfect piece of wood, study the properties of resonances and string tension and whatnot...

Saturday, 20 July 2013 06:25

Wandering with friends...

Well, I must say that Sarzana this year was a lot of fun! 

Friday, 19 July 2013 21:16

New Danube on the design board

Here is the wood for a new Danube... The top is a very crispy sounding Italian spruce, and the back and sides are cocobolo. 

Monday, 08 July 2013 16:30

Tommy Emmanuel

This was a surprise... I knew Stephen Bennet was playing a few concerts with his Maxmonte, which he calls "The Max", but the picture his wife sent me was a bit... shocking! 

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