2016 German Vazquez Rubio "Torres" SP/IN
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German Vazquez Rubio (also known as G.V. Rubio) has been making guitars for over forty years and has developed his own signature sound that guitarists have come to love. He was born in 1952 in Paracho, Mexico where there is an abundance of fine luthiers (with few exceptions all of the finest guitars in Mexico come from Paracho). German's first formal training began at eleven years old when he left school to help support his seven siblings and work for his uncle Manuel Rubio at his workshop. There even at his young age he made a conscious effort to make guitar building his life's work. In 1968 at the age of sixteen he made his first concert level guitar (hence his label reads 'desde 1968"). German has since been able to learn from many different master builders such as Felix Manzanero, Jose Romanillos and Thomas Humphrey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he builds a variety of both classical and flamenco models.
This is a beautiful instrument based on the proportions and aesthetics of Antonio de Torres. Materials are very high quality and a pleasure to look at, including a perfectly quarter-sawn spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The shellac finish is applied with a level of attention to detail and perfection found in very few makers. The sound is extremely responsive and open, with plenty of volume and character. The trebles are very clear and easy to work with, and the basses are steady and full. Being his "Torres" model, it has a slightly more compact body size but yet retains a full, big-bodied sound. Playability is a dream with very low action. It is also fitted with a 20th fret for repertoire requiring a high c natural. Overall, a beautiful-sounding concert guitar for a great price.