The 5-course guitar designed by Zachary Taylor is based on instruments made by Giorgio Sellas. One in particular, which may be seen in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, was made in 1627. It was examined and measured for the purpose of producing a representation of this exquisite instrument. Another example in the same museum was chosen as the basis for another Baroque guitar; it was made by René Voboam.
Some modifications were made to the original design including the reduction of inlaid decoration, the inclusion of which, in the designer’s opinion, made no contribution to the function of the guitar and it might even have been detrimental to the tone and volume it produced. Attention was paid to the basic construction and materials to bring about a faithful representation of this beautiful guitar.
The scale length is 660mm. There are 9 nylon and 3 wooden frets. This instrument features an ebony nut and fingerboard, and a spruce soundboard. A hard case is included.
- Spruce soundboard.
- 9 nylon and 3 wooden frets.
- Ebony nut and fingerboard.
- The scale length is 660mm.
- A hard case is included.