In late 2016, I attended a six-day luthier’s course at Crimson Guitars – the full story can be read and watched here. Even though this build didn’t fully work out (or at least not yet), I will return to do another course in May 2017 – and this time my son is coming with me (the one who made the Cigar Box Guitar).
This is just a brief introduction, and I’ve made a separate introduction and index page which you can find in the menus too. Look out for more on this new build soon!
This is an unusual spotlight piece, because I think it’s the first non-UK luthier that I’ve featured – although I met the luthier in question in England. Luigi Valenti is Italian, but he was working at Crimson Guitars when I did my guitar build there in November 2016. Since then, he has moved back to Italy and started his own company, Valenti Guitars.
Luigi has developed three main models, the Nebula, Callisto and Pulsar. They all look rather stunning, and he will customise them according to your wishes when you order one. These are early days for Valenti Guitars and so he has only recently finished the prototypes, but they look very promising.
I wish Luigi every success for the future, both with his luthiery and with the other reasons for his return to Italy!
It’s been several months since I completed the course at Crimson Guitars, although the guitar itself was not finished. I had some work to do at home, and that turned into a lot of work because of a number of issues that I had to solve.
Sadly, the process came to a premature end – at least for now – when the truss rod broke through the back of the neck while trying to correct a neck bow. I think that I will have to take the neck out – not easy, as it’s glued in – and make a new neck (I’d like to recover the fretboard although I don’t know if that will be possible). That will have to wait until I have a suitable opportunity, which will probably not be in 2017.
I did a lot of other work on the guitar before that happened, though, and so all of that is described in my final article on this guitar, and in my last YouTube video about it, as you can see below.
I will be returning to Crimson Guitars in May to do another build, this time with my son (the one who build the cigar box guitar), so expect to see more information about that next month!