1956 Robert Bouchet SP/CSAR
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This is one of the most pristine and well-preserved instruments of Robert Bouchet that we have ever seen. Apart from having the frets replaced recently, the guitar is in entirely original condition, including all original finish. There are two hairline cracks in the back and one very small crack in the top, which have been expertly repaired quite some time ago, and were likely done by Bouchet himself. The tone of this instrument has enormous old world charm and beauty of sound, yet is also quite powerful and robust. It has very quick response and incredible sustain - two trademarks of a great Bouchet. Playability is also very easy with a very smooth neck. It appears that construction of the guitar started in late 1956 (by the date on the label) and completed in early 1957 (as is written on one of the back braces) placing it in great company with famous Bouchets owned by Julian Bream (1957), Ida Presti (1958) and Alexandre Lagoya (1959). This maker made just over 150 guitars in his lifetime, leaving far fewer in playable condition. It is certainly one of the most collectable classical guitars in the world today along with Hermann Hauser I and Antonio de Torres.