January 2016: Base price for my instruments is $7,500.00 US dollars. See the Orders page for information about available add-ons and their cost.
January 2016: The latest in the "available now" series, a new spruce doubletop with maple back and sides. Beautiful, powerful, musical sound. Elevated fingerboard and 640 scale so it plays like butter. $8,500.00 US dollars. See the Available page for details.
Available April 2016: A cedar doubletop with wenge back and sides. This combination of woods has proved to give a sound that is possibly both the most powerful and the most beautiful of any instrument I've made. Price is $7,500.00 US dollars. See the Available page for more details.
Available Summer 2016: A classical cutaway. This will be the first cutaway I've made in several years. Easy access to the highest frets. Perfect for jazz players and for those who simply want the great playability of a cutaway. This one will have a bevel, for additional comfort, plus a tailblock panel to simplify access to the interior for those who might wish to install a pickup or internal microphone. Price will be $8,500 US dollars. Watch the Available page for details.
Both of these instruments will feature beautiful new rosette designs currently under construction in the shop.
At the request of a customer from New Jersey, guitar #286 featured "bevels" on both the front and back. These are amazingly comfortable. I now offer them as an option on all my instruments. See the Features page for more details.
Hideo Nakamine and a group of friends will give a series of concerts throughout Japan this fall. They play with 5 Mueller doubletop guitars -- two 8-string instruments and three 6-strings. The sixth guitar is a Dammann.
In the past Iíve used a variety of tuners, but I now use Graf tuners exclusively. Jorg Graf has developed what I think are the finest classical guitar tuners ever made. Mechanically they are perfect; aesthetically his designs are simply stunning.
Iíve recently created an exciting new rosette design. Rather than a single pattern that I repeat over and over, the design is meant to be a theme for what will (hopefully) be a long series of variations. I call it the Sunburst Series. Every rosette in the series will be unique.
Based on the number of letters I receive from builders, itís apparent that many luthiers interested in doubletops visit my site. In order to both improve my answers to their questions and avoid repetition, Iíve decided to expand some of my replies into small essays. They'll be featured in a Doubletop Cookbook on the Essays page.
I hope that the Doubletop Cookbook will eventually become a detailed description of all aspects of doubletop construction and theory. To make this "cookbook" the best it can possibly be, I invite contributions from other builders and players. I will incorporate and acknowledge these contributions in the essays. Depending on the response, some of these contributions may be published here as separate essays
At the request of a customer in Japan, I made my first 8-string guitar in 2010. A first for me, this may also have been the worldís first doubletop 8-string. Results were outstanding. The range and potential of this guitar has me thinking that an 8-string just might be the ultimate classical guitar. I have now made a second 8-string, also for a customer in Japan, with a third currently under construction (fall, 2012). See my article about 8-string guitars on the Essays page.
I regularly get requests for instruments with shorter-than-standard scales, usually from players with small hands. To date I have successfully used scales as short as 630 mm on the standard-size body.
As time allows I would like to construct a few doubletops with even shorter scales, but now also with smaller bodies. This is new territory for me and will require considerable research and experimentation as I would like these instruments to have the volume and tonality of a regular-sized classical guitar. Iím not entirely certain that this is an achievable goal, but I think that doubletop construction offers some advantages that may make it possible. I plan to document the results of my work, and I invite comments and participation from other builders and players.
Classical Guitars by Fritz Mueller
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Fritz Mueller, luthier
7210 Tatlayoko Road
Tatlayoko Lake, British Columbia
Canada V0L 1W0
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