La Canada "Model 17A"
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The "La Cañada" series of guitars is a collaborative effort between master luthier Edmund Blochinger and Wolfgang Jellinghaus of the "Milestones" guitars which offer a variety of period-style replica guitars of iconic makers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Blochinger has studied, measured and evaluated several original Torres instruments over the years and felt it was a great opportunity to take two of his Torres plans to Jellinghaus for the purposes of creating two unique models – one based on a first-epoch Torres (FE 17 – ex Tarrega) and the other on a second epoch Torres from 1888 (SE 115 – ex Pujol). The plantillas and structural details are considerably different from one another and offer two distinct experiences of playing a contemporary guitar built in two of the great classic, vintage styles. Hand-built to Blochinger’s specifications in Jellinghaus’ small facility in China, these are small-production, concert-level instruments made with select and beautiful materials, French polished finish, and offered with either "antiqued" look or "new" look. At this price point these are a great value for the serious student or concert player on a limited budget.
The "Model 17A" ("A" for "antiqued" look) is based largely on an 1864 Torres, known as "FE 17" - the earliest of Tarrega’s 3 Torres instruments that he would play throughout his career – this is a charming, first-epoch style guitar with a slightly more compact body size and shorter scale length. Its smaller size and lightweight build is a bit deceptive at first – but 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.