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2021 Luigi Locatto SP/CSAR

Year 2021
Top Spruce
Back & Sides CSA Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Italy
Luthier Luigi Locatto

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This absolutely breathtaking and meticulously built guitar is Locatto's own design. Structurally, some elements are taken from the work of Miguel Simplicio (the son and successor of Francisco Simplicio) primarily with regard to his technique of treating the top in such a way as to help make the first string more balanced to the second and third. As per Locatto's style, the decorative elements are inspired by an assortment of other great Spanish guitar makers of the past - in particular of some of Torres' more elaborate first epoch guitars, with busy decorative elements. It has a very low body resonance (close to F natural) that produces a sound that is powerful, dark and beautiful. It is an expressive instrument, rich with color and sensitive to change of timbre, like the old Spanish guitars he so much loves. Materials used are drop-dead gorgeous, particularly the stunning set of CSA rosewood used for the back and sides which has been aged for over 50 years. His instruments are played by a large number of concert artists, and have been used on several recordings, most notably the Naxos release of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's works by Lorenzo Micheli (winner of GFA 1999), and of Shin-ichi Fukuda's 2007 recording of Barrios and Villa-Lobos for Meister Music. Luigi's son, Pietro Locatto has also become a very fine player and his recent recording on the Stradivarius label of the music of Torroba was recorded on one of his fathers guitars.

We'd also like to congratulate Luigi for receiving the "Golden Guitar" award from the Convention of Alessandria in 2019, along with our friend Alberto Martinez from Orfeo for photography, among others. We're very happy to be working with this fine maker and representing his instruments in the US.

Photos of this guitar taken during construction

Orfeo Magazine article on Tacchi, Locatto and Frignani

Guitars by Luigi Locatto