Concentura classical guitar, built by Theo Scharpach

Scharpach Concertura

CLASSICAL GUITARS

My classical guitars are named Concertura. Currently I offer two versions: a true traditional build and a version as a double top.

The Cedar or European Spruce wood I use for the tops are at least over 40 years old and for the sides and back, the Brazilian Rosewood is over 100 years old stocked wood.

The traditional version is built either after Santos Hernandez, Robert Bouchet or Daniel Friederich.

These traditional guitars have great value and impress with their unique sound. I have researched many guitars from these makers. My experience of almost 40 years of guitar making made it possible to understand the unique bracing and building targets of these makers.  These guitars offer a warmth and sweetness that is strongly sought after.

My double top version keeps the tone of the traditional guitar as much as possible, which delivers a great projection and still a warm sound.

Of course, I accept custom build nylon string orders as well. For example, a cutaway version for those who like to play Jazz.

Scharpach classical guitar

THE CONCERTURA SANTOS HERNANDEZ

Currently I am building guitars that are inspired by the great Spanish master Santos Hernandez. These guitars have great value and impress with their unique sound. For that I have researched two guitars from Santos Hernandez from 1925 and 1935. These two guitars from different periods have kindly been disposed to me by their owners. Santos Hernandez made one of the guitars at the Ramirez workshop that is been played by Andreas Segovia. Later he started his own workshop.

Scharpach Concertura Santos Hernandez
Scharpach Concertura Double Top Guitar

Scharpach classical guitar

THE CONCERTURA DOUBLE TOP

After many years I have decided to produce again a Double top guitar. 

In a way I build an “unconventional” double guitar not using Nomex nor Carbon reinforcement strips as I feel these are artificial materials and do not grown with the age and development of an instrument.

Mostly I use a Cedar top on the outside and a Spruce top on the inside. Furthermore I do not use a lattice bracing. I know that all these things do not support to creation of a extreme loud volume but they support tonal quality with sufficient volume. I do not like a guitar that shouts but a guitar that is capable to sing.

Preludio Saudade: La Cathedral by A. Barrios.
Played by Rovshan Mamedkuliev.
The video is a Life Registration.

Prelude: Sergei Rudnev, played by Rovshan Mamedkuliev.
The wellkown Russian composer Sergei Rudnev and Rovshan Mamedkuliev are long time friends. Guitar: The Concertura

An Idea, by Leo Bouwer. Beautiful performance by Rovshan Mamedkuliev. 

Rondo Brilliante Aguado, played by Rovshan Mamedkuliev.
Life registration of concert performance.

Concertura cutaway

Scharpach classical guitar

A CONCERTURA CUSTOM CUTAWAY

Sometimes a customer requests for a custom version, like this cutaway.
This is always a joy. 

THE SCHARPACH CONCERTURA DOLEZZA

500 YEARS OLD WOOD

A very special and unique project was the guitar that I built with wood from the roof of the Frauenkirche in München: the Concertura Dolezza.

Over 500 years old well-seasoned Spruce Tone Wood and over 100 years old Brazilian Rosewood.

The woods for the sides and back are of the finest Brazilian Rosewood to find. The age is over 100 years old. The guitar translates a sound from a different world and preserves an eternal story.

Concertura Dolezza, a bespoke classical guitar built by Scharpach

The story of the Spruce tonewood of the destroyed Cathedral Munich Frauenkirche. 

The story of this wood is inspiring, sensational and intriguing. This particular spruce used to build this unique classical guitar was part of the Frauenkirche (Cathedral) of Munich. The age is of this wood is over 500 years. 

The Cathedral roof top has been built out of  Spruce found in the German Alps given by the peasants to the Church to build the cathedral in 1460. Dendrochronology or annual ring analysis dates the origin of the trees to about the year 1190. The trees were cut in the Bavarian alps around the year 1460 and floated down the river Isar to Munich where they were pulled out of the water and used in the construction of the roof of this church, which was completed in 1492.

Unfortunately the Cathedral had been bombed at the end of the second world war. Some of the woods of the top roof got lost as people needed wood to cock or to heat their houses. The lucky thing is that Franz Fuchs rescued some substantial wooden beams out of the ruins. Franz Fuchs was the violin maker who discovered the beauty of this wood and made 43 violins, 3 violas and 3 cellos he has built to date from this wood.

Bavarian farmers cut and donate parts of their forest harvest for the construction of the Munich cathedral in 1468 – 1488. Those trees have been starting growing in the 12th century at an altitude of over 1000 meter above sea level south of Munich in a valley called Lenggries.

Over 500 years old well seasoned Spruce Tone Wood and over 100 year old Brazilian Rosewood

“Imagine that the wood was absorbing the vibration of music that was performed in this sacred place, music from medieval times through renaissance, baroque, classical and modern periods. Incredible to imagine the choirs, the orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the centuries whose sounds have been gently vibrating and therefor leaving their voices within the wood. And the countless sermons, wedding’s, baptisms and even funerals, taken place in this solemn structure again leaving their sound vibrations imprinted in this wood. This incredible wood with so many stories dwelling in its grain has been given a second chance at life in this instrument and again  words fail to describe how precious an experience it is to play this guitar. This is guitar making taking to entire different level.”

 

The very first virgin notes of the Concertura Dolezza built with over 500 year old spruce top and over 100 year old brazilian rosewood.

Sarabanda de Scriabin Leo Brouwer
Camilo Sauvalle

Paloma Enamorada Atahualpa Yupanqui
Camilo Sauvalle