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 for your musical expression.

custom built guitar by Scharpach

Scharpach Acoustic Master Guitars

Your unique musical expression

From wood to sound. Since over 40 years I build custom made bespoke guitars. Driven by passion every guitar becomes a unique instrument. From the selection of the right wood, the shape and size of the body, to the final layers of coating. Attention to every small detail creates a handcrafted guitar that fascinates players not only today, but also for generations to come. 

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

bespoke handbuilt master guitar

Scharpach Acoustic Master Guitars

Finest Craftsmanship

A glimpse of my thoughts. I see myself as a guitar maker giving the guitar player a "voice".

Whatever the musician is able to shape in terms of sound – dynamics, timbres, load-bearing capacity and power –its acoustic sources are found in the resonances of the instrument. They are the work of the guitar maker. The actual work of Art is not the apparent shape but the sound sculpture we hear. It arises in the encounter between the musician and the resonances with which he "plays" musically.

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 turning the tonal wood 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 serve this one goal: to create quality resonances. Only in this way will the instrument become a strong 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 deeper I penetrated the acoustic exploration of the guitar, the greater the respect I have for its mystery.

By getting older it is a growing desire to create elegant but simple instruments. It has almost become a higher good. Without ornate designs to rely on as signifiers of accepted beauty, I am more encouraged to study subtle colours and textures. In an age of mass production and quick disposal, learning to accept and celebrate scars and flaws is a powerful lesson in humanity and sustainability. In a world that so often prizes youth, perfection and excess, embracing the old may seem strange. It 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. A guitar that is custom made for him with a story behind.

wood and drawing for guitar build

 Recognized as being one of the finest living archtop guitar maker in the world today, Theo Scharpach has been at the forefront of innovative archtop instrument design. His designed instruments are the essence of artistic expression, reflected in the subtle but challenging marriage of form and function. Theo Scharpach has been pushing the luthiery envelope for close to 4 decades with his refreshing passion for elegant designs. Producing instruments of great tonal expression is also one of Theo Scharpach’s missions in life.

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