Beautiful & Unusual Classical Guitars - Episode 1: Projection Guitar (Florian Vorreiter)

Introduction

Every now and again we see a picture or watch a video and something within catches our eye & our imagination. A couple of months ago I was browsing through some Pinterest boards and I happened to see a picture of a classical guitar with a soundport that had a sliding door as part of its design. I was so intrigued that I immediately occupied myself with further research and discovered that the guitar was made by a German luthier called Florian Vorreiter.

It seemed that it was destiny for Vorreiter to become a luthier extraordinaire as his father restored museum instruments for several decades, and through his father's craft he was exposed to instrument repair, design, & construction going on to make & revolutionise not only classical guitar design but also acoustic guitars, lutes, & Baglama.

 An amazing picture of an 'Experimental Guitar' by Florian Vorreiter.

An amazing picture of an 'Experimental Guitar' by Florian Vorreiter.

A love for art & music showed from an early age with Florian being an avid violinist and in later years an artist with a passion and penchant for air brushes, spray cans, and the humble pencil. These two passions have combined to create what I believe to be some of the most visually stunning classical guitars of the 21st century. 

The picture above says it all about these guitars but I should take some time to show you some of the unique features of a Vorreiter guitar.

The 'Floating Bridge'

 Floating Bridge concept - light, high break angle, cool looking!

Floating Bridge concept - light, high break angle, cool looking!

Ergonomics

 Beveled armrest and cutaway - increases comfort and playability.

Beveled armrest and cutaway - increases comfort and playability.

Headstock

 A striking headstock design featuring a fully carved relief with flamenco-style tuning pegs.

A striking headstock design featuring a fully carved relief with flamenco-style tuning pegs.

Soundport Ideas

 A crazy styled soundport that opens & closes! 

A crazy styled soundport that opens & closes! 

To find out more about modern classical guitar designs and features be sure to check out my other blog articles here. To find out more about Florian Vorreiter's fabulous guitars and the man himself take the time to visit his website:

Florian Vorreiter