Master Guitars

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What is your dream guitar? We can build it together. A truly one-of-a-kind instrument, tailor-made to match your musical expression.

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Scharpach Acoustic Master Guitars

Your unique musical expression

From wood to sound. For over 40 years I have been building bespoke guitars. I am driven by a passion that every guitar is a unique instrument, from the selection of the right wood, the shape and size of the body, to the final coating. Attention to the tiniest detail guarantees the creation of a handcrafted guitar which will not only beguile players of today, but those of generations to come.

Take a look at the three main lines of guitars I produce in my workshop: Classical, Flamenco and Archtop.

bespoke handbuilt master guitar

Scharpach Acoustic Master Guitars

Finest craftsmanship

Let me allow you a glimpse into my thoughts. As a guitar maker, I see my task as giving the guitarist a “voice”.

Whatever the musician is able to produce in terms of sound – dynamics, timbres, load-bearing capacity and power – its acoustic origins are found in the resonances of the instrument. These qualities are the handiwork of the guitar maker. The actual work of art is not the design, but instead the sound sculpture we hear. This is the result of the encounter between the musician and the musical resonances they “play”.

Michael Thompson writes: “After 40 years of building you probably already know this, but just in case, I must say your profession is one of the rare honorable ones left in our world. You take God-given skills and talent to create art from the beautiful resources our planet has provided to inspire and delight your fellow man. And then those who receive your gift go on to complete the cycle and create beautiful music which hopefully delights others as well. It is meaningful and I appreciate it very much.”

Many thanks Michael for such beautiful words.

Your bespoke guitar

Elegant simplicity

My artistic passion is driven by a desire to turn tonal woods into resonances.

The research of wood and its refinement, the varnish and material compositions, the model development and elaboration, the further development of radiance and dynamics – all of these serve to bring about this one goal: the creation of high-quality resonances. Only in this way can the instrument become a strong and trusted partner.

The resonance profile is the acoustic subtlety and variety, power and radiance of the instrument. It gives the sound its softness and warmth, the openness of the singing vocal formats, the radiant body resonances, the brilliance and load-bearing capacity, the core of the sound and the necessary beam, the high plate resonances in their manifold vibratory and nodal lines. The more penetrative my acoustic exploration of the guitar, the greater the respect I have for its mystery.

As one ages, there is a growing desire to create elegant but simple instruments. This has almost become a higher calling. Without ornate designs to rely on as markers of accepted beauty, increasingly I am encouraged to study subtle colours and textures. In an age of mass production and instant disposal, learning to accept and celebrate scars and flaws provides us with a powerful lesson in humanity and sustainability. In a world which so often prizes youth, perfection and excess, embracing the old may seem strange. Age sees beauty and value in simplicity.

detail of wood for a bespoke guitar

Players

Artists playing Scharpach

Flamenco

Al di Meola

The legendary guitar player Al di Meola plays the Scharpach La Porta flamenco. This guitar, custom made for him, has a story all of its own.

wood and drawing for guitar build

Recognised as being one of the finest living archtop guitar makers in the world today, Theo Scharpach has been at the forefront of innovative archtop instrument design. The instruments he designs are the very essence of artistic expression, reflected in the subtle, but challenging marriage of form and function. For close to four decades, Theo Scharpach has been pushing the boundaries of luthiery design with a consuming passion for elegance and style. In fact, producing instruments of great tonal expression is one of Theo Scharpach’s missions in life.

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