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Seventeen Louis Panormo guitars have been restored in my workshop so far and a eighteenth is underway. Pictures of this guitar are lower down on the page and links to all previous restorations are directly below.
Louis Panormo, 1784-1862, had a workshop in Bloomsbury, London. Many guitars were made, it may even have been a small factory. Today, his guitars are much sought after and often restored with the intention being used. They have a wonderful tone and can be a delight to play.
Some earlier Panormos have a small label which reads "Panormo Fecit". They have cross bracing under the soundboard and are smaller than later examples. Two guitars I have restored are of this type, an 1827 and an 1831. Later guitars have a larger label which reads "Louis Panormo, The only maker of Guitars in the Spanish Style". These guitars are larger and have some type of fan bracing.
The address is variously given as 40 or 46 High Street, Bloomsbury. This street is, I believe, now known as St. Giles High Street, and the address is very near to Centerpoint. The 1849 guitars have the labels altered by hand to read 31 High Street Bloomsbury.
James Westbrook, of the Brighton based Guitar Museum, has done a PhD on the Panormo guitar. The November 2013 issue of Early Music has an article by James about this work. His thesis is also being published as a book.
A lovely early Panormo, the earliest I have worked on so far, is in the workshop for restoration and sale. Generally in very good condition, it has no bridge and a large crack in the back that must be made good.
Outside and inside the body of the guitar.
It has ivory frets which will be left in place.
Width of upper bout:
Width at waist:
Width at lower bout:
Height at upper bout:
Height at lower bout:
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string;
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string;