Gabriele Lodi is one of the leading Italian luthiers and a recognised guitar maker on the international classical guitar scene. Only a handful of fellow luthiers worldwide could argue having had as many historical Spanish guitars on their working bench as he did. Obviously, this is a knowledge that we strongly respect and value. Moreover, Gabriele Lodi has a unique ability to grasp the finest details and express them with talent and taste, building first class concert guitars.
Gabriele Lodi shared a few words with us about his approach to this A. de Torres interpretation model:
“After many years of research on historical Spanish guitars, and thanks to my recent appointment as curator of the “Torres Anniversary Exposition” in the Cremona Museum, I have tried to use all my knowledge to create my tribute to the Spanish traditional system of construction that first came into manifestation with the work of Antonio de Torres. “My Torres Interpretation” is simply my way to respect as much as possible the great Spanish master and at same time make a guitar that satisfies the needs of the modern player. At the time Torres was building in the mid- to end- of the 19th century, his instruments were fitted with gut strings and played with a technical style developed by Julian Arcas and Francisco Tarrega. Since that time, several new developments have emerged, and today, players use nylon strings and a different technique which applies more pressure to the string to produce a strong attack. My intention is to save the pure Spanish sound of the Torres design but with a few minor modifications to the bracing – largely with their shape. I seek to achieve good balance from the deep basses to the higher trebles, good dynamic range, no missing “wolf” notes and the correct sustain, particularly on the first string which is very particular for the Torres sound.”
This guitar is a masterpiece of lutherie and aesthetic. A true artistic care was given to the many purflings and decorations, mainly inspired by Fransisco Tarrega’s two first Torres guitars. Furthermore, these gorgeous woods have also been selected for their harmonic distribution of the tension that works across the body. The CITES certified Brazilian rosewood was specially selected to reach a very similar quality to the woods used by Antonio de Torres himself. This guitar is both very relaxed and precisely responsive. Balance and sustain are brought to a striking equilibrium and each tone develops elegantly. The mature and open tone has a distinctive Spanish colour and the overall perfect playability makes it a genuinely delightful concert guitar.
|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood (Cites certified)|