GuitArt, the contemporary Lutherie with a handmade soul

Are music and craft­man­ship a com­bi­na­tion that works? Jud­ging by the vibes we feel in the con­tem­po­ra­ry luthe­rie work­shop, in the cen­ter of the San Sal­va­rio district, we would answer: “yes, it does work!”. Dario Son­cin, the Gui­tArt mana­ger, explains to us that their work­shop is: “a Custom which offers dif­fe­rent ser­vi­ces in the con­text of music: from the coa­ting, per­so­na­li­za­tion, and resto­ra­tion of gui­tars, bass gui­tars, and drums, to the making of stu­dio fur­ni­tu­re. We even offer sin­gle gui­tar clas­ses: they are an hour and a half long and custo­mi­zed to the needs of whoe­ver wan­ts to learn to play. We are a con­tem­po­ra­ry luthe­rie, which means we work on elec­tric and acou­stic instruments.”

Ente­ring the small stu­dio-work­shop in via Bel­fio­re we thou­gh per­cei­ve a tighter con­nec­tion with the world of arti­san­ship. “Here, sin­ce 1961, my father used to work: he was a car­pen­ter and cabi­net-maker., I used to come and help him, in the work­shop near­by the­re was my uncle, an upholsterer.”

“We are four bro­thers – he con­ti­nues – two of us are now living in England and are the foun­ders of the ‘Dra­ma­Lo­ve’ group; I have a Bache­lor in Indu­strial Desi­gn and with my other bro­ther have star­ted this luthe­rie”. That’s why gui­tars, instru­ment parts, old sco­res lie along­si­de ancient pie­ces of fur­ni­tu­re, rugs, tools of a past that still echoed in the workshop.

“Instru­ment to be custo­mi­zed come from ove­rall Ita­ly, but also from abroad – he explains – and also demands ‘repli­cas’: for exam­ple, it can hap­pen that some­bo­dy asks for a ‘copy’ of Elvis gui­tar, or of other ico­nic ones. Fur­ther­mo­re, we also build display cases to pre­ser­ve musi­cal instru­men­ts at home or ‘musi­cal car­pen­try furniture’.”

A long­stan­ding tra­di­tion: “I am a musi­cian, my father used to play clas­sic gui­tar and, basi­cal­ly, I keep on wor­king with the same mate­rial, wood with pre­cious fini­shes. I still have – and he con­clu­des – the cul­tu­re of resto­ra­tion also in my work”.

Via Bel­fio­re 26
10125 Torino