2011 Tobias Braun "Santos" SP/SW
|Back & Sides||Satinwood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||53 mm|
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The plantilla and bracing pattern of this guitar are based on extensive notes that Tobias took several years ago of a 1924 Santos Hernandez guitar. This Santos was in the possession of its original owner - one of the leading female guitarists of the 20th century - Luisa Walker, student and disciple of Miguel Llobet. Although Braun works from detailed blueprints that he made during his examination of the original guitar, his instrument has been slightly modified to suit the needs and demands of the modern concert guitarist. The width of the nut has been increased from 50mm to 52mm. The thickness of the neck, soundboard and back have all been slightly increased as well. All other measurements (thickness of the sides, braces, spacing of braces, etc...) are identical to the original. The resulting guitar is a wonderful modern concert instrument, with full, steady trebles and penetrating basses. Yet one can also discern the old-world sound of the great Spanish masters, and with this guitar, it is to Santos that Tobias Braun tips his hat.