Firmly established as one of the top living builders, 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 Miguel Rodriguez guitars from the early 60s. Pepe and Celin Romero have been great champions of these instruments and they both play on Blochinger guitars as one of their main concert instruments. Recently, 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. They record wonderfully, and on stage, they have great projection and an outstanding quality of tone, audible all the way at the back of any large hall.
This unique model features half-herringbone inlays in all the purfling appointments, including the bands on the inside and outside of the rosette. It also was finished in French polish using a formula borrowed from violin making, which gives it a darker, more amber/honey depth to the color. This guitar was originally commissioned by the owner of this 1936 Fleta, who wanted the decorative elements of the Fleta to be built in to the Blochinger. In the end 6 such instruments were made - 3 with Blochinger's standard body shape and style, the other 3 his "Llobet" model. So although structurally a Blochinger all the way, it is inspired by the "look" of the Fleta. This is a curious part of the story, as the Fleta is a structural (but not aesthetic) copy of Tarrega's very first Torres from 1864, also known as FE17. So each of the 3 guitars in the series gave birth to the other, starting with the Torres in the 19th century, the Fleta in the 20th, terminating with this Blochinger in the 21st.