Knowledge and Tradition

Dear friends,
The guitar, with all its rich facets of form, tone and design continues to fascinate the players, collectors and builders of today, as it has since the Moorish traditions of 12th century Andalusia.

10 continuous generations of the Voigt family have been building fine instruments, and the name is long connected to the history of the guitar.

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Father & Son

Curt Claus Voigt

Curt Claus Voigt began his apprenticeship in Mark Neukirchen, at the company Marma, Karl Bauer KG, a small factory in of 8-10 guitar makers, which manufactured in almost all types of guitars, including classical, jazz, and Hawaiian, as well as electric guitars and basses, mandolins and banjos. He also trained with his grandfather, Kurt Voigt, and father Günter Voigt, and with the master violin maker Hans Zölch to deepen his understanding of the historical instrument. Curt Claus passed his master’s examination in 1980 and began freelance work as a restorer of historical plucked instruments for museums and private collectors (Grassi Museum Leipzig, Erfurt Anger Museum, City Museum Meiningen; Volkskundemuseum Teodone, Brunico, South Tyrol and others). In 1988 he took over the company Kurt Voigt & Son from his father and moved to Wasserburg am Inn, Upper Bavaria. Curt Claus continued his education through workshops with Jose Romanillos (in 1991 and 1994) and with numerous studies of historic instruments in museums and private collections throughout France, England, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Spain.

Julian Voigt
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10 Generations in Musical Instruments

In 1690, when Adam Voigt began an apprenticeship as a violin maker in the former Neukirchen, and after many years of training and travel successfully completed a master’s examination and entered the violin makers guild, he could scarcely have guessed he was establishing a family dynasty which continues to this day. Since Adam, the Voigt family dynasty has included over 100 string, woodwind and brass instrument makers, as well as bow makers, string manufacturers and musical instrument dealers.
I represent the ninth generation of this family line, and with my son, Marc-Julian Voigt as the tenth, the Voigt company is now one of the world’s oldest musical instrument building workshops. Tradition, experience and knowledge have been passed on for centuries, from generation to generation.

Ida and Oskar Voigt

Residence and workshop at Schützenstraße 580 about 1920

Arno Voigt Senior and Junior with Wappenform guitar about 1926

Kurt Voigt with zither

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Impressions from our workshop

german spruce tops

Reworking the six holes in the headstock with a reamer so that the tuning machine can be properly mounted. In addition to our custom built Voigt Antique Style tuning machines, we also use tuners by Scheller, Rodgers, Alessi and Fustero.

fitting the tuning machines

French polish:
The French polish is applied in a circular motion, using a lint-free cloth soaked in alcohol, shellac and pumice. After the polish has dried for 24 hours (although drying time can vary greatly according to humidity and temperature) a second layer is applied. It will take up to 10 layers for the instrument to be fully varnished.

French polish

Guitar Back:
Following the old Spanish guitar building school, the back braces are inserted and glued into the sides. The braces are then planed by hand, as shown in the photo. The back is then pressed on and glued. Spruce, mahogany and cedar are typical wood for back braces. The number varies between three and four, depending on the model. The Espressivo model has no back braces, since the stability is provided by the curvature.

Working on the back bracing

Binding & Purfling:
A cord wrap is used to ensure that the curved binding of the rosewood or maple purfling is tight against the body. It is usually necessary to perform this winding process four times on each guitar.

Clueing the Binding