Claudia Francesca D’Ammassa
New concert classical “Double Top” guitar
650mm scale with 52mm nut
Italian “Val di Fiemme’ Spruce outside
Nomex inner core
Canadian cedar inside
Indian rosewood back & sides
Sides are doubled inside with mahogany
Spanish cedar neck
Ebony Gabon fingerboard with 20th fret
Hand made rosette
Indian rosewood bridge
African ebony Headstock veneer
Alessi hand made tuning machines (Italy)
Completely hand rubbed French Polish finishing
Fiberglass hard shell case included
Guitars weight is 1.7 Kg / 3.8 lbs
Stands 99.06 cm / 39 inches tall
Body length is 48.5 cm / 19.09 inches
Body dept is 10.16cm / 4 inches
Upper bout is 28.5cm / 11.22 inches
Lower bout is 37.5 cm / 14.76 inches
Claudia Francesca D’Ammassa was born in Rome in 1990.
She moved toward the first steps in guitar making at an early age, while studying classical guitar at Santa Cecilia conservatory under the direction of Domenico Ascione.
After graduation, she fully devoted herself to lutherie.
She discovered her vocation attending a two-year course at the association Artigianato e Arte in Rome. Then she has apprenticed with Gianluca Ceccarini for over a year, learning craft fundamentals.
Later on, she has improved her knowledge and expertise in classical guitar making by refining the study of theory and construction technique under the guidance of Mario Garrone and Dr. Giuseppe Cuzzucoli.
A passion-strengthened aptitude together with the quality of her guitars allowed her to stand out within the musical branch of Italian handcraft. Her instruments are the result of a pleasant balance between tradition and innovation; their sound aesthetic abides by the feeling of historical guitars, while a scientific approach is adopted to optimize the acoustic performance through modern technologies.
Her guitars are played in many countries around the world, such as Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, United States and Arab Emirates.
Currently Claudia lives and works in Rome, a few steps from the ancient Ostia ruins.”
- Taken from Claudia’s website
“The methodology adopted for instrument building is the result of an intense collaboration between a luthier and an engineer, i.e., Mario Garrone and Dr. Giuseppe Cuzzucoli, respectively.
It was conceived to address the construction with a scientific approach as much as possible, by monitoring board resonances with the aid of appropriate equipment and dedicated computer programs.
These resonances indeed embody the chromosomes that describe the behavior of an instrument as an acoustic resonator. The verification of their features such as amplitude and position in the frequency spectrum represents a powerful tool to engineer the guitar construction and optimize its final performance.
In order to acquire information on resonances, an acoustic gavel is used to hit the top and back in correspondence of the saddle. Gavel-induced oscillations generate a sound that is recorded and processed by a software. The latter performs the FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) of the signal, determining its spectral content both in linear scale and integrated over one-third octave bands.
Additional figures of merit, which are calculated and assessed, are the sustain of each resonance and the spectrogram so as to analyze how the harmonics vary in time.
The aforementioned analyses are done during each phase of the construction.”
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