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I currently build 3 models of classical guitars (Romanillos, Torres, and Simplicio) and 1 flamenco (Barbero).  The prices for each model will vary according to the materials used and the level of complexity of the decorative elements - rosettes, purfling, carved headstocks, etc.  Generally the Torres and Simplicio models are more costly due to their ornate marquetry, and in the case of the Simplicio, the carved ebony plate of the headstock.  My goal as a builder is to create instruments with a rich tonal palette, yet possessing good balance and separation - powerful basses and clear, focused trebles… and, of course, great visual appeal.

For additional details on pricing, materials, and construction, please visit the pages for each specific model.

Romanillos-style instruments

Torres-style instruments

Simplicio-style instruments

Barbero-style instruments

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William E. Gourlay, luthier

Gourlay Guitars



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Many of my instruments include hand-made rosettes that are individually inlaid into the soundboard one section at a time.  My Torres and Simplicio models feature Torres and Simplicio replica rosettes respectively, while the Romanillos and Barbero models utilize a variety of styles, most of my own design or adaptations.  Below are a few examples of my rosette-making and inlaying process.

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All of my instruments utilize a Romanillos-style heel to rib joint - not just the Romanillos model.  Instead of the typical narrow slots cut in the heelblock into which the ribs are fitted, this type of joint uses 10mm wide slots cut at a compound angle.  Once the ribs are fitted, they are tightly secured in place with glue and wooden wedges which are trimmed to the profile of the heelblock.  This method offers a vastly superior type of joint - both tight and rigid.  Properly executed, the wedges are completely unseen by any internal inspection of the instrument through the soundhole.  Below are several pictures of the joint - the wide slots, both top and bottom, and the fitted ribs secured with glue and hammered-in wedges before the excess glue has been cleaned off and the wedges trimmed flush.

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The two photos above show use of teflon strip to create space for insertion of inlay in purfling channel.