Several years ago Brooklyn guitarist Pat Bianculli arranged for me to look at a persistent problem that plagued his 1823 Lacôte. At some time previous to his purchase of the guitar, the area around the bridge had been so badly damaged that it was necessary to graft a new piece of spruce to the soundboard. Unfortunately, the wing on the treble side of the bridge lifted from the soundboard and defied repeated attempts to re-glue it.
|Pasquale Bianculli photo|
My Lacote continues to play well. The repair you did was spot on and it is sounding wonderful."
While I had the guitar in my shop I took photos and made a working drawing. I have made a handfull of Lacote guitars over the last 10 or 12 years and examined several others in museums so I thought I might make a copy of this one. I was especially attracted to it because it retained its original neck, soundboard frets and low bridge, although neither the bridge nor the peghead are original. I viewed all of this an an exciting possibility and looked forward to having the spare time to build a model.
Which I have done and I am nearly finished! My next post will describe its construction.
All photos by the author except as noted.