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Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain

Published on 2017-03-24

The Guitar Channel introduces you to the world of guitar manufacturing with this visit to the Alhambra (www.alhambrasl.com) production site, which has been producing its nylon and steel string guitars for over 50 years in Muro de Alcoy, 70km from Allicante in Spain. Alhambra is a well-known brand of nylon string guitar players, whether for classical music, flamenco or pop.

Video visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture

Manufacture photo album

The factory with a total area of 14,000 m2 employs 120 people. Of course everything starts with the visit of the impressive storage of the wood that dries for several years in a natural way before being used for manufacturing:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

The mahogany pieces that will be used for the production of the necks are debited by the machine that is seen to the right of the picture. The sorting of the quality of the pieces obtained is done at this time.

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

We are now inside the factory:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

The external natural drying is completed by artificial drying:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

The necks are carved at the CNC:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

The sides and the body are assembled according to the traditional technique of the Spanish heel:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Table sorting:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Gluing of the braces:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

All the binding used on all the Alhambra guitars are made of wood:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Gluing the bindings:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Finish of a crossover model:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Fretting step:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Final check:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Luthiers workshop

At the Alhambra factory, there is also a luthier workshop where luthiers Javier Mengual and José Margarit build and design the prototypes that will become the models of the future. It is also here that the models are built specifically for certain artists.

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

An example of a custom 8 strings guitar built for a Spanish artist:

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

Visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture in Muro de Alcoy, Spain - The Guitar Channel

If you enjoyed this factory visit, here are others done at Taylor Guitars and Godin.

Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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