Visit to luthier John J. van Gool

I wrote in my last post that I was going to meet with the dutch luthier John J. van Gool, and that I have.

 Mr van Gool lives in the city of Delft, about 15km from Rotterdam in a nice little home where he also has his workshop. He’s been making guitars since the late 70’s, and early musical instruments for about 20 years now.

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The guitar I tried out is an early romantic guitar built after a guitar from around 1800. The builder of that guitar is unknown, but it resembles the Lacote “1823 model”, or the Grobert guitar Paganini is said to have signed.

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Mr van Gool also showed me a lot of his earlier projects, such as a baroque guitar with a beautiful 3D rosette. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photo of the guitar. And he also talked and explained to me a bit around the work on rosettes and inlays on the lid of a vihuela he is making at the moment.

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All in all it was very pleasant and I had a good time. Of course it ended up with me purchasing the guitar, and I recommend others who are interested to take contact with Mr van Gool.

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