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    New Video from My New Studio

    During the past spring and summer, I moved around a bit, and have now settled into an old 100-year-old brick building near downtown Portland. Here is a new 2-min. video from the new shop. It’s [...]
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    Testimonials + Comments + Feedback

    Did you receive a guitar I built for you recently? Had a repair job done? Wanted to share your experience with others? Please make your voice heard. (please scroll to the bottom of the page [...]
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    New page, share your comments and feedback!

    Please share your experience with others. Whether you had a recent repair completed, or received a commissioned guitar, your comments and feedback are appreciated. https://tsiorba.com/testimonials-comments-feedback/  
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    About Peter Tsiorba

    I am a luthier (guitarmaker) and belong to the ancient lineage of carpenters who decided to specialize! I live in Portland, Oregon, which is in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. However, let’s go [...]
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    Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Uploaded photos of the quilted maple and walnut flamenco guitar https://tsiorba.com/quilted-maple-walnut-flamenco-guitar/
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    Contact Peter Tsiorba

    VISIT MY STUDIO, EMAIL, CALL OR WRITE (please phone ahead for studio visits) HOURS: Tues-Fri. 9am–6pm. Sat. 9am–1pm PHONE: 503.261.3942 ADDRESS: 4509 SE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
  • Exhibits

    2012 NW Handmade Musical Instruments Exhibit

    Musical Instruments galore will be exhibited at this event in Portland, Oregon. Come see the work of (mostly) Pacific NW luthiers, ranging from classical and flamenco guitars, to their steel string cousins, mandolins, woodwinds, electrics, [...]
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    Redwood Soundboard Meets Mediterranean Cypress

    Many years ago, Bill purchased a redwood-top acoustic dreadnought with a gift his grandmother left him. When Bill contacted me to commission a flamenco guitar, he wanted to honor the memory of his grandmother and [...]
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    Hot Hide Glue and Glue Pots

    Certain things in life are as ancient as dirt. Or as ancient as hide glue. Archeologists confirm hide glue use at least as far back as ancient Egypt. Hide glue was utilized by Egyptian carpenters [...]
  • Flamenco Guitars

    Port Orford Cedar Flamenco Guitar

    Port Orford Cedar has been gaining a reputation and a following as a fine guitar tonewood for backs, sides, and even soundboards. Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is actually in the cypress family. Being [...]
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    Guitar Repair & Restoration

    Repair and maintenance of a fine classical or flamenco guitar is not a matter of “if,” but of “when.” Aside from strings, nuts and saddles wear out, as do frets. French polish will eventually need [...]
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    Perfect Tonewood Selection: Monterey Cypress Blanca

    Choosing the “right” tonewood for your guitar can feel overwhelming. In our google age, it isn’t all that difficult to reach an information overload threshold. Seemingly profuse search results, however, are not guaranteed to satisfy [...]
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    Flamenco Guitar: Cypress & Spruce Blanca

    A straight-forward, classic blanca, constructed with a spruce soundboard, Mediterranean cypress back and sides, an ebony fingerboard and a Spanish cypress neck. The guitar is tuned with traditional ebony friction pegs. Even though it is [...]
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    Tsiorba Flamenco Guitars

    A flamenco guitar is not just any guitar equipped with tap plates. Nor is it simply a matter of tonewood choice (i.e. rosewood vs. cypress). Historically, guitars were not differentiated along “classical” or “flamenco” lines. [...]
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    Guitar Construction

    One would think that guitar construction has been largely standardized over the course of many decades and centuries. It turns out that such is not the case. Not only do regional traditions and differences exist, [...]
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    Hot Hide Glue and Glue Pots

    If it wasn’t for glue, your guitar would be a small pile of kindling. What kind of glue is holding yours together? Here’s a short article about hide glue, glue pots, and their place in [...]
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    Hybridizing Domingo Esteso’s Guitar Rosettes

    Cooking two guitars rosettes…until flavors blend. That was basically what I was asked to do. To borrow the elements from two rosettes made by the legendary Spanish luthier Domingo Esteso, and create a hybrid of [...]
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    Tsiorba Classical Guitars

    Classical guitars worthy of a concert hall demand more than just elegant appearance or sufficient volume. With each classical guitar, I seek to achieve a certain sensitivity. A guitar characterized by ample sustain, volume and [...]
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    Paco de Lucia with a Tsiorba guitar

    On the 7th of April, 2012, Paco de Lucia was giving a concert in Savannah, Georgia (USA). My recently completed walnut/maple/spruce flamenco guitar along with its owner flamenco guitarist Scott Bank were attending the concert. Scott [...]

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Perfect Tonewood Selection: Monterey Cypress Blanca

Choosing the “right” tonewood for your guitar can feel overwhelming. In our google age, it isn’t all that difficult to reach an information overload threshold. Seemingly profuse search results, however, are not guaranteed to satisfy […]

Clamping Guitar Bracing

Hot Hide Glue and Glue Pots

If it wasn’t for glue, your guitar would be a small pile of kindling. What kind of glue is holding yours together? Here’s a short article about hide glue, glue pots, and their place in […]

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Peter Tsiorba Classical & Flamenco Guitars

I make traditionally-constructed classical and flamenco guitars. Since I do not utilize pre-manufactured components (except tuning machines and fretwire) every guitar receives individual attention and is treated as one whole. Every effort is made to […]