|Project by gepatino||posted 10-10-2016 12:11 PM||981 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
So far I’ve been learning by myself, taking information from internet these days is so simple, and this site was a great source of inspiration, tips, ideas, it helped me build the confidence to start the next step: building instruments.
I always tought luthiers were kind of wizards, that creating an instrument was a extremelly dificult task. I found a luthier near home that also gives classes, so I started a workshop some months ago.
Ok, building an instrument is not easy but it’s not impossible either. You just have to be extra carefull with some details, and never rush a step. If you feel a bit tired, leave the project aside and continue tomorrow. Guess what… all mistakes are paid with hours of sanding.
Taking about sanding, my teacher told me the luthier work is 80% sanding. I think he was probably trying to encourage me, I could say it’s about 90% sanding. So, if you don’t enjoy sanding and finishing, you could try some more rustic look, but beauty should also be part of an instrument, IMHO.The charango is a stringed instrument usually played in the NortWest of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and maybe even Perú. It has 10 strings tuned in pairs, the center pair is the only one tuned different being two octaved Es.
From the structure point of view, it’s quite a challenge to make something that supports the tension of so many strings being so small (around the size of a soprano uke), so the neck has to be reinforced with some very hard wood (no truss rods here).
Another risk is having the bridge unglued and making a disaster in the sound board, but so far so good.
The whole instrument was made with native woods:
- The body is carved from a block of Lenga
- The neck is Ñire and Anchico (super hard wood)
- The soundboard is Alerce and Radal (the clear part with and interesting grain)
- The Fretboard is Curupay, also a very hard wood
- The bridge is also Curupay
- The headstock is covered with Radal.
Hope you like it.