2023 Edmund Blöchinger "Llobet" CD/CSAR
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This guitar is inspired by the 1859 Torres that was played and cherished by Miguel Llobet and is now housed in the Museu de la Musica in Barcelona, Spain. Rather than a literal copy, Blochinger has seamlessly fused elements of the historical guitar into his own design. It has enormous charm both aesthetically and sonically. The tone is warm with a beautiful soft glow but is also very penetrating and clear. It has huge volume and copious amounts of energy that emanate from the slightly smaller body size, making it an absolute delight to play. The comparison was recently made by another owner of this model - "it's like a Porsche, small and fast!" On stage, it has great projecting power and an outstanding richness of tone. This guitar has harmonically full trebles in particular - giving it a loose, warm sound and feel usually only found in old guitars that have been played in for many years. It also boasts one of the most comfortable neck-shapes (the entire neck and heel unit being made from a single piece of wood), and the finish on the back of the neck is done in such a way that the left hand plays effortlessly, with no "stickiness" for the left thumb. As with all of Blochinger's guitars, materials are first-quality throughout, including a 3-piece back of dark-chocolate CSA rosewood, and a gorgeous cedar top with a large amount of cross-grain silk. Overall, a complete masterpiece in all respects.