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Welcome to Marfione Guitars and thanks for taking the time out to visit the site.

Chuck Marfione portraitI have many irons in the fire and would like to share with you some of the projects that are underway. But before I do, let me focus on the website for just a moment. It is by no means complete…and will most likely never be. As with most sites, it is organic in nature…or at least that’s the intention! Over time it will evolve to reflect what is going on in the shop and what I hope will be a constant wellspring of thoughts and ideas on how to build a better guitar. I’m also reserving a section for what I hope will become forum where we can share our excitement about lutherie. While communicating over the internet is certainly not as rewarding as hanging out in the shop, we can make the best of the time and geographical constraints that keep us from doing so and carry-on with some fruitful dialogue. I have started the discussion on several subjects and hope that you will accept my invitation to share your thoughts and knowledge. Well, on to some of the projects

For me, one of the most exciting projects I’m working on is re-thinking my Concert Classical guitar. Nothing I’m doing is what I would call innovative,  but it is challenging. Borrowing from many prominent makers, I have incorporated some of what I feel are the best  of their design elements into my instruments. Adjustable/removable necks, slant/sloped bodies, laminated sides and backs, and several different bracing approaches are all in the mix. After navigating through the website, you will probably say: “but where’s the beef?” And rightfully so! There’s little about this project to be found on the site. I’m busy behind the curtain prototyping and tooling up for all of this. Stay tuned, I will be sharing more of what I’m doing with all of you in the near future.

As part of this design effort I recently purchased a Laguna Tools IQ Pro CNC machine. I am having a blast learning how to use this piece of equipment. I went down this hi-tech path having absolutely no knowledge of CAD/CAM, or CNC technology. I’m happy to report that I’m up and running and machining simple parts. I’m probably spending more time modeling necks and jigs than I am building instruments at this time. But I honestly do believe the upfront time spent will pay big dividends down the road. Visit my pages under CNC projects to learn more.

Another exciting project is my All Strings Nylon Store which recently opened. While looking for suitable tuning machines to install on my classical guitars, I discovered a well-established tuner maker Thomas Rubner GmbH. The family has been crafting tuners since 1864 so they really know how to make them. I imported a number of sets with the intent on marketing them here in the States; that includes hardware for the old Stauffer style guitars. One thing led to another, and before I knew it I had made arrangements with D’Addario, LaBella, Augustine, GHS, and Savarez to carry their string lines.  All of these products are offered at competitive prices so I invite you to visit the store to shop. I plan on adding other items over time.

While all this is going on I still need to build instruments. For now, I’m focusing on building some 19th Century Lacote style guitars. I will continue to build my standard Concert Classical modeled after the 1912 Ramirez owned by Maestro Segovia. Please feel free to contact me if you have an interest in placing an order.

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