It’s rare I post just a single shot…Seems a bit lightweight if you ask me….BUT I’ve got a project in the works that’s keeping me busy this evening…hopefully some shots will appear on here in the next few days if anything half decent comes out of it.

In the meantime, a single shot that I took through a luthiers window in the town of Baza.

In the UK you can count the number of independent guitar makers on one hand, but in Spain, especially the Southern provinces, the independent luthier is still a reality.

Next time I’m in the area I’m going back to this one to try and take some shots inside the workshop….

Isn’t it beautiful?


All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde

    1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

      Aha…So I’m not the only one who would love to sniff the luthiers wood….?!.
      But seriously, you are not wrong…I treated myself to a hand made cypress flamenco guitar on my last visit to Spain and I swear I stroke and smell it as often as I play it……


      1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

        Hmmmm….I do hope so..
        I’ve got a mental picture of yours truly returning, peering through the dusty glass and seeing a diminutive, white haired old dude, (think Geppeto), shuffling out through that doorway at the back, seeing me and beckoning me inside, sitting me down with a tall glass of chilled fino while he hammers, glues, and files before presenting me with a magic six string, (the sort which sounds like it’s being played by an angel, rather than an old English ex-punk with five thumbs and cloth ears)….

  1. scillagrace

    Great shot…and great new word (for me)! I found a neighbor building a banjo in his garage on one of my walks once, but this has all the Old World charm of craftsmanship and history and everything else. Fell asleep listening to a John Williams CD of Spanish guitar music just the other night….I swear, I can’t figure out how many fingers and hands it must take to play that stuff.


    1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

      Thanks Scillster..
      Tell me it wasn’t ‘window’ or ‘the’ that had you reaching for the dictionary……
      Oh, and by the way, did you actually see this neighbour?
      In my experience ”I’m popping out to the garage to build a banjo’, is a euphemism for something very unsavoury.


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