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No woman is asleep so soundly that the sound of a guitar wouldn’t lure her to the window.
my passion is building classical guitars in various sizes, types and shapes.
This includes multi stringed guitars with up to 18 strings, guitars of different tunings and sizes, from
the octave guitar to the bass guitar. Also crossover guitars and even archtop jazz guitars with nylon
strings are made in my studio.
I started my career as a luthier in 1990. Ever since I passed my
journeyman's examination in 1995, I have been focusing on building the classical guitars.
The following pages offer some insight into my life as a master luthier. You will also find various
information on, photography of and news about my work.
All the best,
If one day I die, bury me with my guitar under the sands.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 -–1936)
Anyone who works in a creative profession, knows the feeling of being connected to his work. Every guitar tells its own story from the very beginning of its existence.
My instruments are custom-made and all bear a soul within them.
Since all of my guitars are handmade, it is possible for me to attend to many special wishes of my customers.
I always consider the playing habits and preferences of the individual guitarist. Therefore, to this each instrument is built using the appropriate timber and is individually modified to the players’ desires.
It is best if the guitarist visits my workshop for a detailed discussion before I begin working on his instrument, and upon completion collects it personally so I can make any finishing touches.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in one of my guitars. I appreciate the personal contact with my clients highly.
"Daniel Zucali didn't just think about the amplified "nylon string" guitar - he made it strong!"
Besides traditional instruments, there are unlimited possibilities to manufacture instruments specific to the requirements of a guitarist. And ... there are Terz guitars, Baritone guitars, Bass guitars etc., which inspire many musicians...
Through intensive preliminary discussions, the number and tune of the strings, the size and shape of the instrument are developed and individual requirements and desires of the player are considered. This way "special" instruments for "exceptional" musicians...
Every year there are countless, and above all also beautiful events, of which unfortunately I can only attend a few.
Again and again I am on the road, and mostly WITH my instruments! I look forward to hearing your music, meeting friends and getting to know nice people.
You are welcome to arrange a meeting with me now. This way it will be easier to give enough attention to everyone who is interested in my guitars.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
Best regards from beautiful Haag
Exhibition at the "Forum Gitarre Wien"
Vienna ... the hub of the guitar world in the first half of the 19th century ... History was made here, and on my doorstep.
This year I will visit the "Forum Gitarre Wien" again. Unfortunately, times are turbulent. Therefore I will only be present on Sunday evening and Wednesday ... but unfortunately not exhibiting. I don't have any classical guitars in my studio which I could bring with me.
Lower Austrian Open Studio Days
Every year ... as with many artists in the region, my doors are open. Everyone is welcome to come and see how my guitars are made. With a bit of luck, there will be musicians here who will also perform on occasion.
... True mastery is in the details and their organic fusion respectively creating harmony between sound construction,
the best possible materials, contemporary designs and artisan craftsmanship. Daniel Zucali proves to have it all ...
Franz Holtmann (Akustik Gitarre 2/2011)
”Playing” an instrument already begins while it is being created. In order to achieve the desired result, the instrument maker has to become one with his instrument.
While I am conceptualizing the way the instrument will be constructed, and while searching for the right materials, I already identify myself closely with the emerging instrument.
The art of woodworking goes beyond pure structure, acoustics and handicraft. My ”game with the instrument” takes place in a cosy studio far away from the stress of the city.
Taking time for what’s important, feelings from nature and the demands of performance, emotion and music are – all this is incorporated into guitars.
This guitar of unknown origin was abused in many ways. Originally the head was fitted with wooden pegs for tuning. Because …
The one who has no music within him, who is not touched by the harmony of sweet sounds is only good for betrayal, robbery and trickery…never trust such a one!
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
It was clear from my youngest years that my destiny was closely tied to music. With time my talent for handicrafts took over and my ambition to make music fell behind.
However, my fascination with music and everything associated with it finally made me connect my crafty talent and my love for music.\
After working as a professional luthier in other workshops, I eventually opened my own workshop. The basis for a life with, and for music, is my ever developing creativity.
My qualification as a Master Luthier, and the decision to open my own workshop, have inspired me in this lifelong project.