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Brian Cohen – 2006 Torres


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Brian Cohen, an esteemed South African-born luthier, has been enchanting the music world with his exceptional craftsmanship since 1972. His journey began with guitar crafting and repair, notably, an emergency restoration job for the Abreu Brothers’ Rubio ‘New York period’ 1964 guitars, an experience that catalyzed his enduring passion for lutherie. Over the years, he honed his skills, creating a stunning portfolio of over 500 instruments by 2008. Relocating to the UK in 1974, he formed a profound relationship with famed luthier David Rubio. Despite the unfulfilled apprenticeship with Rubio, the association became instrumental in shaping Cohen’s career. He provided pivotal support during Rubio’s battle with back pain, assuming the role of an ‘outworker’ and constructing most guitars and lutes in Rubio’s later career.

In London, Cohen’s career took a distinctive turn as he delved into the world of lute-making in his Portobello Road studio. His collaboration with esteemed luthiers at the Early Music Centre led to a collective focus on the authentic construction of early musical instruments. As the Centre relocated in 1979, Cohen established a workshop in South London, delving into the world of classical guitars and Italian violin-making techniques. His craftsmanship earned him the distinguished Crafts Council Award for cello construction in 1986 and a Silver Medal at the Manchester International Cello Festival in 1990. Yet, Cohen humbly denies being a ‘competition’ maker. Continuing his endeavors in Surrey and later Guildford, he preserves his passion for crafting, restoring, and dealing in stringed instruments at his renovated ‘The Old Glassworks’ studio. Cohen’s dedication to lutherie and ceaseless quest for perfection have immortalized his reputation among the most influential luthiers of his era.

This 2006 Brian Cohen “Torres” model guitar is a distinctive and highly sought-after instrument amongst avid collectors and guitar aficionados. Renowned globally, and particularly in England, Brian Cohen’s unique craftsmanship and style have etched a noteworthy mark in the world of contemporary guitar making.

This masterpiece guitar draws structural inspiration from the iconic Torres design. Cohen’s expertise, honed over many years of dedicated service in repair work and building guitars for the celebrated musician Julian Bream, has gifted him with deep knowledge and appreciation of these remarkable instruments.

The 2006 Brian Cohen “Torres” model is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the ears. It boasts an aged spruce top and a stunningly flamed set of exotic Platane on the back and sides, adding to its aesthetic appeal. This guitar’s sound quality is top-notch, presenting a bright, clear tone that envelops listeners in warmth and sophistication.

The instrument’s swift response and impressive projection make it a perfect choice for concert stage performances. In spite of minor nail marks, the condition of the guitar is very good, reflecting its meticulous maintenance over the years.

Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.

Luthier: Brian Cohen
Construction year: 2006
Top: Spruce
Back and sides: Platanus
Scale: 650 mm
Nut: 51 mm
Weight: 1430 grams
Air body frequency: G
Tuners: Rodgers
Strings: Knobloch EDC 34.0
Case: Hiscox Pro II
Condition: Excellent

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Du hast Fragen oder möchtest mehr Informationen? Deine Ansprechpartner für diese Gitarre stehen telefonisch oder via Kontaktformular für Dich zur Vefügung!

Denis Pécaut, Manuel Luchena, Jonathan Singgih Pranoto
+49 721 38143275

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