Modern Classical Guitars

I aim to create instruments that inspire the player and allow them to express themselves freely and easily. The depth of tonal pallet, the instruments flexibility to change from one colour to another and the clarity and definition of the instrument when playing complex polyphonic music are key factors to a guitars voice. Strong projection and a powerful tone that is at the same time able to be sensitive and delicate are crucial attributes.

All of these qualities are present in Rovis-Hermann guitars.


  • Cedar or Spruce top
  • Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • African Ebony fretboard
  • 650mm or 640mm scale length
  • Compensated nut and saddle
  • 52mm nut width
  • French polish top, Acrylic lacquer back and sides
  • handmade inlay


19th Century Guitar

I make a range of early 19th century guitar reproductions after the prominent luthiers of the period, such as René Lacôte, Gaetano Guadagnini, Louis Panormo and Johann Anton Stauffer.

Terz: Johann Anton Stauffer

For the instrument below I used German Spruce with highly figured Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides formed into a deep arch. It is consistent with the Legnani model with floating adjustable neck, ebony nut, and brass saddle with a low action from soundboard. It is a 560mm scale, tuned a minor third higher than standard. The tuning pegs are 4-1 geared “pegheds” that are light and look like wooden pegs.

This instrument is incredibly easy to play with an immediate and flexible response. The instrument shown in these images was used by Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp for her Australian concert tour for Musica Viva with Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl in 2013.


René Lacôte