Offerings

I make about 15 guitars per year. I work by commission from both private individuals and a very select few dealers. By commission it is possible to order not only custom string length, string spacing, neck profiles and wood selection, but also a preference of tonality and response within the range of instrument types and characteristics I offer. Guitars ordered directly from me by commission range in price from approximately €8.500 to €10.500, depending on selection of materials, tuners and soundboard construction. Prices in the US are adjusted for USD and import duty, if applicable. Dealers generally set their own prices.

In addition to commissioned instruments, I often have a few guitars on hand which have been used at exhibitions and for try-out in my gallery. They are available from me without wait, and often for a somewhat lower price - please inquire regarding what is currently available.

Materials

I use primarily woods which are tried and proven, such as Spruce and Cedar for soundboards, Makassar Ebony and Santos Palisander (Bolivian Rosewood) for sides and backs, and Honduran Mahogany or Spanish Cedar for necks. These woods all have an effect on the weight and timbre of an instrument. I use the best tuners available, usually Scheller, made in Germany, but also Gotoh Premium or M&M which are Italian made and somewhat similar in feel and appearance to Scheller. Friction pegs may also be ordered. Nuts and saddles are of bone.

Soundboards

My solid-top guitars are constructed very traditionally, of soundboard wood selected for exceptional strength to weight ratio. They are braced individually, according to the characteristics of each individual soundboard, but are usually braced very lightly in a slightly asymmetrical fan pattern. I take great care to match the timbre and response of the fans themselves to the characteristics of each soundboard to assure optimal response. The braces are in effect tuned individually and as a system.

For "double-top" or "sandwich" soundboards, I use a Nomex honeycomb core (this is a phenolic composition, not carbon) sandwiched between inner and outer layers of normal but extremely thin soundboard wood. My double-tops are made in a partial system or pattern, the upper bout remaining solid wood, non-laminated and without the Nomex core. The Nomex core is sandwiched in the central area of the lower bout only and is tapered and terminated toward the edges, which also remain as solid wood. The Nomex sandwich forms a permanent and integral part of the soundboard diaphragm while adding no special timbre of its own. Because I laminate with epoxy instead of urethane glue usually used for this purpose, the sandwich has no damping effect. The solid upper bout region and lower bout edges act to preserve the natural timbre and overtones of a traditional solid-top while the Nomex center sandwich achieves greater strength and unity of plate for less weight, thereby enhancing definition as well as sustain. These soundboards require only a minimal traditional bracing very similar to solid-top instruments. In the final analysis, the double-top soundboard should not be considered superior to the solid-top, it simply offers a slightly different response and precision of voice. It is up to individual preference and certainly should be explored, even by those who usually prefer solid-top traditional instruments, as they preserve much of that kind of sound.

My flamenco guitars are quite traditional. The soundboards are solid top with very fine traditional asymmetric fan braces. Sides are very old Italian Cypress. Necks are Spanish Cedar. The instruments are bright, crisp and powerful. They are available with traditional friction pegs or mechanical tuning machines.

Dealers & Galleries

My instruments are currently handled by the following guitar galleries. Please contact them directly for information on specific guitars which may be available.

Wegner Meistergitarren - Cologne: http://www.wegner-gitarren.de/michael-batell/

Savage Classical Guitars – New York: http://savageclassical.com/product-category/classical-guitars/michael-batell/

Guitarissimo - Stockholm, Sweden: https://www.guitarissimo.com/

dieGitarre.ch - Winterthur, Switzerland: http://www.diegitarre.ch/index.php?id=23