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Luis Motta da Silva
  • Male
  • Lisboa
  • Portugal
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I make my own guitars (Portuguese guitars, classic, steel-string and others); this gives me the privilege of playing custom-made instruments...
What type of music do you like to play?
I use classic guitars mostly to play tangos, boleros, popular waltzes and some classics; I play blues and folk songs in the steel-string; In the portuguese guitar, I play Portuguese folk tunes, some fados and Beatle songs; and I make my own music for those instruments.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar



Luis Motta da Silva's Friends

  • Stewart Youngblutt
  • paul stokes
  • Tim Benware
  • 3 Bricks Shy
  • Reggie Witty
  • Rick Carlton
  • Eike Jung
  • Mau Lao
  • Johan Dahlberg
  • jon rubin
  • Manuel Magro da Silva Ribeiro
  • Rob Darby
  • Steve Frank
  • Vincent Vittoria
  • Sharon Peterson

Luis Motta da Silva's Groups


Luis Motta da Silva

Peace and quiet...

My workshop: a wooden cabin in the backyard. Here I am in a sunny spring afternoon, leveling the frets of my new guitar. Took me several months to get to this point. I still have some fretting job to do before sanding and varnishing.

For the time being it's all peace and quiet. But the day will come when I take this lady to a stage and make it sing for an audience...

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Luis Motta da Silva posted photos
May 11
Luis Motta da Silva commented on Johan Dahlberg's video

Gröngölingen - Jan Ekedahl

" Very beautiful piece of music, very impressing performance, very good-looking guitar and high-quality sound both from the instrument and the recording. All in all, an excellent work!"
May 9
Luis Motta da Silva replied to Jud Hair's discussion Humidity topic contributed by new member Robert Williamson in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Tony, You've got a point: I like to do the final fretboard planing, fretting and bridge adjusting in Summer or early Autumn, when it's dry weather here in Lisbon. Besides, the next step - varnishing with French polish - also requires dry…"
May 3
Luis Motta da Silva replied to Jud Hair's discussion Humidity topic contributed by new member Robert Williamson in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Hi,Good people, I've been following this thread with increasing interest. In my youth, I lived in Luanda, Angola, West Africa South Atlantic Coast, Tropical climate. Only two seasons in the year: Rain and Dew. In Rain, temperatures reached 50…"
May 3

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At 10:33am on April 10, 2015, Paul Stoddard said…

Hi Luis

Thanks for asking.  I have experimented a bit with the suggestions I was given, but for a variety of reasons I have not had time to really work at it.

The music on your page is really nice!



At 4:58am on March 24, 2015, Stewart Youngblutt said…

Thanks for the friend request, I really enjoyed listening to your music and looking at all your beautiful guitars! I'd be very appreciative of any feedback or advice on any future videos I post! I've always been very interested in guitar construction and wanted to be a luthier but found it very difficult to get a start in. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for any new videos are guitars you post! 


At 3:58pm on October 15, 2013, Vincent Vittoria said…

Beautiful Music Luis. As fate would have it I just returned from Lisboa last week. I really enjoyed the live music in Alfama and Barrio Alto and the high quality musicianship. Your video posts are great.

Muito Obrigado!


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