La Canada "Model 115A"
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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 115A" ("A" for "antiqued" look) is based largely on an 1888 Torres - the 115th guitar built during his second epoch - the original instrument was for many years the primary concert guitar of Mathilde Ruiz (first wife of Emilio Pujol) and after her death, of Pujol himself. Edmund Blochinger was able to inspect the original instrument here at GSI after we had acquired it as part of the Russell Cleveland collection. This is a full-sized Torres model with standard string length and basic proportions resembling many modern instruments built today. Like Model 17, it also boasts a lightweight build, making it a very agile and active guitar under the fingertips. It has a deep, dark voice - very Spanish in character – making this an especially great guitar for playing 19th and 20th century Spanish repertoire. Actually it is perfect for virtually any style of music as it great separation and at the same time great warmth making it suitable for everything from baroque music to Brazilian jazz - just about anything that could benefit from an extra bit of old-world Spanish charm.