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woensdag 2 juli 2008

Mirecourt guitar around 1840

This typical french Mirecourt guitar isn't 
labeled but thoughts are that it could be a Nicolas Morlot,
a luthier who also built good violins.
Well known is the Chevron type inlay
The bridge is a later addition as the model is
not similar to other bridges on instruments of that time. 

This picture shows us the wood that has been used for the back:
Apparently Cuban mahogany. Mahogany is also widely used for fine furniture:
However, the rarity of Cuban mahogany and over harvesting of Honduras
and Brazilian mahogany has diminished their use.
This typical wood is prone to cracking however..
The instrument is in good though not original condition.
It has a sweet and even voice over the different strings.
The inside of the soundbox has been veneered with
spruce as was quite common at that time.

A nice picture of the head that also differs
a bit of what was conventional.
Veneered with ebony.
Here you can take a close look at the wood used for the sides
of this nice instrument.

This instrument hasn't got a lot of decorations.
The soundboard apparently hasn't even been quarter sawn
being a sign of some cheapiness. After restoration this
guitar appears to be a very well balanced sounding
instrument with a nice and sweet voice.

This picture clearly shows the ivory frets while ebony has been
used for the highest frets. Note that fingerboard and
soundboard are in one line as was done up untill 1835.

These heels are quite common on french made guitars
of that period. This particular instrument has a wooden
binding on the back.

The back of this Mirecourt guitar has been veneered with
a kind of mahogany on spruce.
The neck has been veneered with ebony.
Violinlike pegs are used for tuners.

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