2019 Edmund Blöchinger "1492 Granada Pine" PI/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
Pine is a very difficult material to source for guitar making since it requires many decades of aging and drying to be usable - much longer than spruce. There is an enormous amount of sap in pine (which is precisely the desirable ingredient in the wood for tone production - but ONLY after it has dried and fully crystalized) and so this unfortunate reality makes it very unpractical, if not impossible to source easily for use. This is why it is so rarely seen in guitars despite its very desirable sound qualities. There are several examples of absolutely magnificent pine instruments, including this 1890 Torres which we had just a few years ago. Pepe Romero himself also owns a pine Torres from 1856 (which has a handwritten date of 1812 on the underside of the top, which means it would have been over 40 years old when Torres built the guitar) that he has used in live concerts (including concerto work with orchestra) and for two commercial recordings, the second of which is about to be released.
This instrument has an absolutely unique quality of sound and it is difficult to find words to adequately describe its tone. There is simply a timeless richness, depth and soulful character in every note that makes this a delight and honor to play. We at GSI feel absolutely privileged to have this instrument and we thank not just Edmund Blochinger for building it but Pepe Romero as well for finding this ancient, precious material.Orfeo article on Hauser III, Blochinger and Ober