Kenneth Brogger is Denmark's top builder - and one of Europe's best makers - of traditional Spanish-style guitars in his generation. He has been active for over a quarter of a century as a luthier, writer, restorer of old instruments and museum exhibitor. As a result of his tireless efforts, Brogger has become highly regarded in his native country, and was honored by the Queen of Denmark in 1997 when he was awarded the "Applied Arts Prize of 1879" and a silver Hetsch Medal, the highest recognition in the field of artisan craftsmanship. His building style is very reminiscent of the old Spanish masters (Garcia, Simplicio, Fleta) yet shows signs of the French and Granada schools (Bouchet, Friederich, Marin) as well.
This instrument is a near-exact reproduction of an original second-epoch Antonio de Torres (#116) from 1888 that Brogger thoroughly inspected, right here at GSI (see here for photos, description and videos). The dimensions, thicknesses of woods, proportions and aesthetic details of the original have been meticulously reproduced. It is extraordinarily lightweight and resonant. Like the cypress-bodied SE144 that he also replicated, we believe this guitar is the finest and most authentic Torres copy we have ever seen. It is astonishing just how close this is to the original, not just in weight and appearance, but also in sound. Brogger has somehow captured the magic of Torres in a way we have never before seen. We congratulate Kenneth in this accomplishment and are proud to offer this instrument for sale.