COPY OF A GUITAR BY ETIENNE LA PREVOTTE, PARIS, ca. 1830
This guitar is a close copy of the more elaborate form of La Prevotte’s work, with all the salient constructional features that denote this maker’s work. La Prevotte trained as a violin maker and he has used many aspects of the violin makers craft in the construction of his very successful guitars.
The back is carved from a bookmatched maple wedge and is not barred. The belly has 2 longitudinal “bassbars” as well as a small bar either side of the oval soundhole to stiffen this area. The thicknesses are very different from the norm of guitar making for this period, as is the height of the bridge saddle. The resultant tone is very distinctive, though very clean and recogniseably French. Projection and dynamic range are excellent and, with the compensated saddle, the intonation is very good across the range.
The neck of this guitar is actually an original French-made neck of around 1850. It was so well made that it was an obvious choice for “recycling” into an instrument of this kind.
The guitar is fitted with Rodgers tuners. The fretboard is fitted with 18 frets, one more than is traditional on French insruments. The stringlength is 627mm.
REDUCED PRICE: $4,500.00AUD. A fitted Kingham case can be provided on request. Please enquire for prices.
DETAILS OF THE INTERNAL CONSTRUCTION