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1868 Antonio de Torres SP/CSAR

  Specifications
Year
1868
Top
Spruce
Back & Sides
CSA Rosewood
Scale Length
650 mm
Nut width
50 mm
Finish
French Polish
Country
Spain
Condition
Excellent
Exchange
ExchangePlus
Luthier
ANTONIO DE TORRES
  Background

The name of Antonio de Torres (1817-1892) is to guitarists what the name of Antonio Stradivari is to violinists. Taken as a whole, the corpus of instruments made by this legendary maker’s hand are today regarded as the foundational basis of the modern guitar. The impact that these guitars made on successive generations of luthiers is impossible to exaggerate – still to this day, most or nearly all of Torres’ structural and tonal improvements are still in use by all top contemporary builders. In Torres’ own day, the leading players such as Julian Arcas and Francisco Tarrega were already performing on his masterpieces, and successive generations of players over the 20th century continued to play them. Although increasing values on Torres over the past several decades has resulted in their placement largely within sphere of collectors, they are still highly desirable to leading professional players and occasionally make their way into the recording studio or even concert stage. Pepe Romero, Stefano Grondona, Wulfin Lieske and Marc Teicholz, among others, have brought them to life in recorded and live sound and we all hope this trend continues in the future, especially as more Torres instruments come to the public’s attention.

  Description

Built at the very end of the so-called “first epoch” while Torres was still working in Seville, this is a marvelous and extremely rarified example of Torres’ most representative work from the period. It is a full-sized,...

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