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1890 Antonio de Torres PI/MP

  Specifications
Year
1890
Top
Pine
Back & Sides
Maple
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. Most or nearly all, of Torres’ structural and tonal improvements are still in use by all the top builders of the current generation. The impact these instruments made on successive generations of guitar makers is no less impressive – still to this day, the overwhelming influence of Torres and his work remains more pervasive in the guitar making community than ever before, thanks largely to the research efforts and masterclass training courses that have been Jose Romanillos’ focus over the past two decades. 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 many decades has resulted in their placement largely within sphere of collectors, they are still highly desirable for many top concert players and occasionally make their way into the recording studio. Pepe Romero, Wulfin Lieske, Marc Teicholz and probably more than anyone else – Stefano Grondona have brought these great instruments to life in recorded sound and we all hope this trend continues in the future, especially as more Torres instruments come to the public’s attention.

  Description

This particular instrument is a fantastic example of an incredibly well-preserved birds-eye maple guitar from 1890, numbered as SE 139 by the maker. We believe the guitar was originally made for more than 6 strings (exactly how many...

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