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The main goal of the
Leonardo Guitar Research Project (LGRP)
is to study, demonstrate and communicate the possibilities of building acoustic and classical guitars from non-tropical woods.

Together with partners from different fields we aim to develop
cooperative knowledge platform concerning the use of alternative
non-tropical wood species in guitar making.

LGRP is a Europe based independent non-profit organization that was funded by the European commission (Leonardo-Da-Vinci and Erasmus+) from 2011 till 2017.
As the European funding programs ended, LGRP operates now (provisionally) 
without funding. A donation system to support the project will be set up soon.

Context of the project

- Economic situation

Many of the exotic tropical woods are now protected and their trade restricted under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). For the luthier it means that these woods, which have been traditionally used in guitar making, are becoming rarer and ever more expensive. For those tropical woods still available, care needs to be exercised to ensure that they are from a legitimate source as, despite certification processes such as that of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), much of the available tropical wood is illegally harvested.  // read more

- Need to study alternatives

Because of the decreasing availability and increasing cost of tropical woods there is a need to find economically viable alternatives. Against this background the LGR-Project started up a research program to study the possibilities of using species of local non-tropical woods that are not normally used in acoustic and classical guitar making. The program consists of building guitars from both tropical and non-tropical woods and assessing them for performance and acceptance in a series of comparative tests. This work is carried out by an international team of 3 lutherie schools and 4 entrepreneurial luthiers, working in co-operation with external experts (forest management experts, environmental organisations, universities, and other researchers). Together we aim to develop a knowledge centre surrounding the use of alternative non-tropical wood species in guitar making. 

- Environmental value

If this research programme can demonstrate that locally grown sustainable non-tropical woods can be used as viable alternatives for the traditional tropical woods used in guitar making, the effect could be more than just providing luthiers with a broader range of affordable tonewoods. Any move towards sustainable local tonewoods could have important environmental benefits through reducing demand for tropical rainforest woods, and by reducing transportation miles.  /read more

About LGRP

- The organisation
LGRP is a Europe based independent non-profit organization that was funded by European commission (Leonardo-Da-Vinci and Erasmus+ ) from 2011 till 2017.
As the European funding programs ended in 2017, LGRP operates
now without funding.
Therefor LGRP appeals to a broad cooperation with various international partners, to supporting members, donations and to the indispensable work of volunteers

- The programme

1-  Research on sound preferences and perception
2 - Execute comparative workability tests for tropical and non-tropical wood species.
3 - Defining terms used in guitar making.
4 - Explore history of non-tropical woods in guitar making.
5 - Developing a knowledge platform.
6 - Supply development of non-tropical woods. 
7 - Communication and dissemination 
Learn  more about these programme topics

If you are interested in this project and you would like to receive the LGRP-Network-Newsletter, and/or you want to participate as an active guitar builder: click here

We are invited as lecturer (and exhibitor) at the
-  ROMA EXPO GUITARS March 18/19th 2017, Rome, Italy
LGRP-Event @ the Cordefactum Guitar Festival, April 14/15/16th, 2017, Lier, Belgium
Itemm (Institut technologique européen des métiers de la musique) 24.04.17 Le Mans, FR. +> INFO


The LGR-Project guitars, were discussed, exhibited, played and tested during:
- The Cordefactum Guitar Festival,  2014, May 30,31, June 1, Hingene - Belgium.
- The Tampere Guitar Festival, June 2014, Tampere - Finland
- The Gitaar-Bouwers-Meeting, Oct 2014, Barneveld - Netherlands
- The Holy Grail Guitar Show, Nov 2014, Berlin - Germany
- The Holy Grail Guitar Show, Oct/Nov 2015, Berlin - Germany
The Holy Grail Guitar Show, Oct/Nov 2016, Berlin - Germany
- The first Salon de la Guitare 
5,6 Dec 2015 à la Belle Villoise, Paris, FR
The annual Musicora event in Paris in February 2016, Paris, FR
-  APLG Symposium, August 27, 2016, Le Mans, France

Article about LGRP 
originally published  in
American Lutherie

An overview of the research findings can be seen here.

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