Making a guitar with Ramon
Test yourself and be prepared for satisfaction
I knew it would be a test of my abilities and skills in woodworking, but this took me to a whole new level. It was testing, satisfying and fun, but most importantly the end result defies most peoples’ perception of what a ‘hobbyist’ can do – and I am unusually proud of what I have created.
If you have ever thought about making your own stringed instrument, and you have the time and some basic skills in woodworking, then don’t hesitate any longer; go do it – you won’t regret it. It will be something to remember for the rest of your life and, on top of that, you will have in your possession a musical instrument that any professional player would be proud to have in their hands and be heard playing – as you will be.
Ramon Riemersma is one of a select few who can help you achieve this goal. In fact, he is probably out there on his own. He gets you where you want to be without fuss or frustration and there are very few people can do that without imposing their own rules, regulations and pre-conceived ideas. He makes making a complex and refined musical instrument look easy, step by step; piece by piece. But make no mistake, he is as critical as can be when it comes to accuracy and getting it right – we are talking anything between 0,1 to 0,01 of a millimeter in wood – and it shows in the finished article.