Michele Della Giustina

Italian luthier
Michele Della Giustina

Michele Della Giustina

I was born in 1962 in Vittorio Veneto and I have been making classical guitars since 1991.

After meeting Japanese luthier Kazuo Sato, I began working with the Niibori Guitar Music Academy in Japan, and in 2003 I was a guest at a guitar-making seminar at their Tokyo headquarters.

In 2004 Hiroyuki Arai, a young student from the Japanese School of Violin Making, spent two months at my home as a part of a training internship. After his return to Japan, he began to write an account of his luthiery experiences in Italy.

Our participation in two Guitar Foundation of America congresses (Montreal 2004 – Atlanta 2006) opened the door to the US market.

After those guitar and luthiery shows, I was invited to New York and became close friends with popular NBC news anchor Ramon Zayas and met several East Coast guitarists who now play my instruments regularly.

In 2007, I was a guest at a guitar-making seminar at the Shanghai Conservatory, where my guitar quickly gained recognition.

Respect for tradition

I also specialize in the restoration of historical instruments and since 2014 I have been the curator of GuitArt magazine’s antique guitar collection “El Siglo de Oro de la Guitarra Española”.

My classical guitars are currently played by musicians in Japan, USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, several countries in the European Union and of course Italy.

I live and work in a cozy house on the edge of the woods with my wife Viviana, my son Vassili and a couple of animals.

My guitars come from previous luthier research and a deep acoustic knowledge of wood and its properties.

Therefore, my project is based on a synthesis of traditional methods with a focus on the needs of contemporary guitar concerts.

The sound I prefer is the Latemar spruce sound, which I personally pick at the Welsnofen forest station and which I personally cut and use after many years of natural ageing.

Michele Della Giustina

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