How Mirko Migliorini make Classical Guitars
This is not a line production : I begin and complete one or two instruments at a time. Everything starts with the preparation of selected woods both in quality and in the seasoning. Before being used, each material is checked from elasticity, specific gravity, and tenacity side. Particular attention on the study of the soundboard: type of cut and fiber continuity. For example, the spruce wood is just a cross-section, since it keeps the whole fiber and significantly enhances the mechanical and acoustic characteristics ensuring an excellent stability. Wood is a discontinuous and unstable material: with the experience and feeling you can feel and understand his proper use. Every single piece of wood is beaten, listened, examinated. There is special attention to the produced sound, which must be warm, clear, consistent and extended. After this very serious test, the wood is considered only if all parameters fully meet with the expectations and the practical test is convincing. Once selected, the material is subjected to a first processing. After this stage the wood is left a couple of weeks to rest for acclimatization and bedding. In the next step I make the assembly, I spend a lot of time and necessary care in this sensitive stage to achieve the best level in the project. Care and skill with which a guitar is put together, largely determine the success. I think the recepy to make a successful instrument is determined by a 1/3 of the project, 1/3 by the selected material and 1/3 of the care and precision in gluing, assembly and finishing. With the finishing, the guitar gets that fine cut, clean and elegant that is given by the attention of the details. In this stage the aesthetic approaches and general overview of the instrument is studied. Even the next stage of the painting is completely done by hand. Using only natural rubber paint applied with the manual technique of buffer. The paints used have fundamental aesthetic and acoustic qualities: in fact, for their light weight and texture, respond very well acoustically and aesthetically better express the inherent beauty of wood without covering the natural appearance. The final tuning is done very carefully, defining the action and the right intonation of the instrument. In this phase, the guitar gets those details that determine the best handling.