2023 Edmund Blöchinger "Llobet" SP/CSAR
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Firmly established as one of the top living builders, master luthier Edmund Blochinger is now in great demand world-wide. He originally began building his guitars in the style of Hauser and Torres and in recent years has been influenced by the great Spanish masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly Antonio de Torres. For years, Pepe and Celin Romero have been great champions of these instruments and they both play on Blochinger guitars regularly as one of their main concert instruments. Celino Romero has also been touring and recording on a cedar Blochinger as well. In Pepe's words, Blochinger is "one of the greatest" luthiers in the world today. Many other young professional players and competition winners also play Blochinger instruments.
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 4-piece back of dark-chocolate CSA for the outer pieces and a lighter set for the inside, framed with beautiful flamed maple binding. Overall, a complete masterpiece in all respects.