Blog Posts - Luca Quacquarella



Refinishing A PRS Custom 24 Part 2 | The Final Reveal

In our last article, Refinishing A PRS Custom 24 Part 1, we detailed the removal of the guitar's cloudy green lacquer and extensive prep work for the big refinish -- entirely in nitrocellulose lacquer -- by luthier Luca Quacquarella.In my humble opin...
by The Guitar Column on May 11, 2016

Refinishing A Music Man Luke Part 2 | The Final Reveal

In Part One of refinishing this Music Man Luke guitar, we talked about the many stages and the many days it took to get the guitar to its final state.Reggie, the owner of this guitar, spent many hours with our patient Italian friend, luthier Luca Qua...
by The Guitar Column on May 4, 2016

Refinishing A Music Man Luke Part 1

In an earlier article, I mentioned my encounter with a Music Man Luke and its unusual flaking finish. The polyester finish -- usually the toughest, most impervious of guitar finishes -- was very mysteriously lifting and peeling away from the body in...
by The Guitar Column on May 3, 2016

Music Man Luke Signature Model with Flaking Finish Problem

I met with my good buddy Reggie for lunch recently to talk guitars and gear, and also for him to pass me a batch of his superb homemade cheng tng -- a sweet Chinese dessert known for its cooling or 'yin' properties.  We all need to balance our y...
by The Guitar Column on Jul 25, 2015

Vintage Gibson ES-175 Restoration

Our favorite local Italian luthier, Luca Quacquarella, was recently commissioned with this vintage Gibson ES-175 restoration.This guitar, which dates back to 1964, was the property of one of the local hotels in Singapore and had been languishing in a...
by The Guitar Column on Dec 4, 2014

Refinishing My Les Paul BFG Part 4 | The Final Reveal!

A last look at the gold topThis installment of Refinishing My Les Paul BFG will finally reveal the completely resprayed guitar top in vermillion nitrocellulose lacquer!According to Luca Quaquarella, the luthier who did the refinishing job -- and who...
by The Guitar Column on Nov 13, 2014

Luthier Spotlight | Luca Quacquarella

Born in Milano, Italy, 36-year old luthier Luca Quacquarella is a man on a mission -- to spread the gospel of fine guitar repair.And if there's anyone that could raise a guitar from the dead, it's this guy.Classically trained in violin, cello and dou...
by The Guitar Column on Nov 13, 2014

Refinishing My Les Paul BFG Part 3

In Refinishing My Les Paul BFG Part 2, Luca Quacquarella, our friendly local Italian luthier had stripped the thin gold finish and sanded down the top of the guitar to the bare wood.Gone were the BFG's bumps, ridges and 'scales'.Also gone was the wei...
by The Guitar Column on Nov 6, 2014

Refinishing My Les Paul BFG Part 2

In our first installment of Refinishing My Les Paul BFG, I mentioned looking for a luthier skilled in refinishing guitars in nitrocellulose.Nitrocellulose lacquer is used on higher-end instruments. It not only looks good but also allows the wood to b...
by The Guitar Column on Nov 4, 2014


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