Plan for making Ignacio Fleta guitar
These are detailed, full size plans of guitars by famous makers. Each plan is accurately drawn, and is based on a careful examination of the instrument concerned. They include all information needed to build a reproduction. Scale lengths are all 650 mm unless otherwise stated.
Each plan is printed on three separate sheets of A2 paper (600 mm x 450 mm) :
Sheet One : Construction Notes, Rosette design, Bridge, Head, Neck Joint
Sheet Two : Soundboard and Strutting
Sheet Three : Neck, Fingerboard, Section through Body
The guitars made by Ignacio Fleta are renouned for their tremendous power, making them ideal for the concert hall. Fleta made his first guitar in 1930, having already constructed many violins and cellos. After hearing Andre Segovia playing in 1955, Fleta was inspired with the determination to make good guitars, and he produced a guitar for Segovia, which was played by the master all over the world.
Fleta´s violin-making background can be seen in his method of making the guitar - he prefered to complete the soundbox, or body of the instrument first, and then joined the neck on afterwards, in the same way that violins are assembled. The plan offered here shows Fleta´s method, but it is equally possible to follow his design in all respects except for the neck joint, which can be done in the traditional Spanish way.
Of special interest in Fleta´s design is his strutting pattern, which employs nine fan struts and a sloping harmonic bar, which helps to increase the volume and clarity of the treble notes.