2023 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “La Leona FE 04” SP/CY
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Wolfgang Jellinghaus' exploration of the work of Antonio de Torres has led him to build a selection of high-quality, but affordable models based on original Torres instruments of different sizes and eras. This particular guitar is based on one of Torres' most famous instruments - "La Leona" from 1856, numbered FE 04. Attention has been paid to many of the details found on the original, including a 3-piece cypress back, simple rosette of concentric rings, and fitted period-style tuning machines, replicas in themselves. For practical considerations, there are only two modifications where Jellinghaus departs from the original, his decision to use a standard bridge with saddle, and to exclude a tornavoz in the soundhole. Otherwise, the guitar has the look and feel of the original, including an "antiqued" look in the finish meant to represent an aged, played-in looking guitar. Its smaller size and lightweight build is a bit deceptive at first – once you pluck the first note, it has a huge sound, very full and robust with great lyrical charm in the trebles and fat basses - rich in overtones across the entire register. Startlingly easy to play, the comfortable neck shape and fast response make this a true players guitar. Hand-built in Jellinghaus' small facility in China, these are small-production, concert-level instruments made with select and beautiful materials, and entirely French-polished by hand. Overall another very charming replica from this fine workshop. At this price point these are a great value for the serious student or concert player on a limited budget.
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