I always said i wanted a career in music.
People always told me i was crazy for persuing my dreams. Luckily i have always been a dreamer, because what is life as a Luthier without imagination? This, together with study and thinking progressively, is where my ideas of building instruments come from.
I started studying instrumentbuilding at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. I learned building instruments the traditional way. Using hot bone glue, rope and keys and lots of patience. Before i knew it, i graduated sum laude as a master in music and got thrown into life itself.
I decided to keep on learning about instrumentbuilding by founding 'Tim Duyck Guitars'.
I try to stay true to the traditional way of building instruments, like Stradivari or Lacote could have done. I believe this creates the character of the instrument and has tonal benefits. Also, in the long run, this process makes restaurations (who hasn't ever bumped his guitar into something?) a lot easier. But i also believe in modern ways of doing things. Science never stops. Things can always be done better.
I try to work on sound and playability. Back when i studied, i wrote my thesis on ergonomics and anatomy of the classical guitar. I came to the conclusion that guitars made in big factories aren't suitable for professional purpose. Every hand, build of the body and way of playing is different, so guitars needs to be adjusted to become one with the hand of a player. If not, one is susceptible to physical complaints that make a future in music impossible.
My predilection for the Romantic period ensures that i make Romantic guitars from time to time. My urge for experimentation made me design a seven and ten string guitar. My predilection for art manifests in my lavishly decorated inlay.
I believe every guitar has it's own character (like every person has a different character). Some have brilliant overtones, some have dark overtones. Every guitar has a different timbre, making every guitar a unique piece of art.
My goal is to excavate every idea i have about possible innovations in guitarbuilding. My goal is to make an opus dei. But my main goal is to make people happy with my guitars. And that these artists can touch people with their profound notes.