Multi-stringed guitars

... Daniel has to be one of the most creative luthiers I have met ...

Scott Tennant

The most of my multi-stringed instruments are absolutely unique. Nnumber of strings, tuning, size and shape of the guitar will be individually adapted after extensive discussions about the desires and requests of each client. The results are "special" instruments for very "special" musicians.

Santino 7-string Aigner 2013

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Santos rosewood
Lacquer
matte wax
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2013
Scale
fanned frets 630mm - 670mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
60,6mm / 72mm
Number of strings
7
Tuning
e´ h g d A E H,

Matthias Claudius Aigner is an excellent sculptor and painter from Linz. Because I always like trying out new paths I asked him if he would embellish one of my guitars with Aigner-“ART”. So I built something special and let Matthias surprise me. For inspiration he had asked for various pieces of guitar music to get him into the right mood…The result speaks for itself.

With a deep H1 as a 7th string, it is possible to combine a "normal guitar" with a baritone guitar.

Santino 9-saitig 29/11

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple
Lacquer
matt finish
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2011
Scale
fanned frets 635mm / 660mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
73,3mm / 88,5mm
Number of strings
9
Tuning
a´ e´ h g d A E H, G,

One way of transcribing baroque literature for lute easier and more authentic is to add a high a’ string …

Santino 10-String 48/16

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple (one-piece back)
Lacquer
High gloss, Soundboard shellac
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2016
Scale
fanned frets 630mm / 660mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
83,6mm / 100,6mm
Number of strings
10
Tuning
e´ h g d A E D C G H

With 10 strings there are several ways to increase the range. Usually, a 10-String guitar is equipped with four extra bass strings  to be tuned down in semitones. However, I have  also had a client who wanted to have them tuned in thirds ...
7. string C, 8 string A, 9 string F, 10 string D.
World famous guitarist Narciso Yepes has also opted for  a low C on the 7th string. But he has tuned the 8th string again slightly higher to an A sharp, the 9th string  to a G sharp and the 10th string on a F sharp.

Barocco 14-saitig 2009

Model
Barocco
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple
Lacquer
High gloss / Soundboard shellac
Tuners
High gloss / Soundboard shellac
year of construction
2009
Scale
1.-7. 586mm
8.-14. 657mm - 930mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
117mm / 135mm
Number of strings
14
Tuning
f1-d1–a–f–d–A or
e1–h–g–d–A–E
diatonic tuned bass strings

The 14-string Barocco is the ideal guitar for playing baroque lute literature. Its clear, sharp tone and rich overtone combine all requirements to play baroque music on a modern instrument. This guitar is truly a unique piece. Upon customer request inlays of mother of pearl and gold were incorporated into the fretboard. These remind us with their ornamental and geometric shapes of the sumptuous baroque style.

Barocco silent 14-saitig 2008

Model
Barocco silent
Back
Nut
Lacquer
matt finish
year of construction
2008
Scale
1.-7. 586mm
8.-14. 657mm - 930mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
117mm / 135mm
Number of strings
14
Tuning
f1-d1–a–f–d–A or
e1–h–g–d–A–E
diatonic tuned bass strings

The 14-string Barocco Silent is the ideal instrument for travelling, and for playing baroque lute literature. Her easily removable frame components allow the instrument to be easily stored and carried. This guitar is a true single and unique piece. At the customer´s request, inlays of mother of pearl and gold were incorporated into the fretboard. With their ornamental geometric shapes these remind us of the sumptuous baroque style.