For Pierre Journel
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:
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.
We are now inside the factory:
The external natural drying is completed by artificial drying:
The necks are carved at the CNC:
The sides and the body are assembled according to the traditional technique of the Spanish heel:
Gluing of the braces:
All the binding used on all the Alhambra guitars are made of wood:
Gluing the bindings:
Finish of a crossover model:
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.
An example of a custom 8 strings guitar built for a Spanish artist:
Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar!