Gabriele Lodi is one of the leading Italian guitar builders and a respected luthier in the international classical guitar scene. Only a handful of other colleagues worldwide can claim to have had as many historic Spanish guitars on their workbench as he has. Of course, this is the knowledge that we respect and appreciate very much. Furthermore, Gabriele Lodi can grasp the finest details and express them with talent and taste to build first-class classical 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 traditional Spanish system of construction that first came into manifestation with the work of Antonio de Torres. “My Torres Interpretation” is my way of respecting as much as possible the great Spanish master and, at the same time, making a guitar that satisfies the needs of the modern player. When 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 then, several new developments have emerged, and today, players use nylon strings and a different technique that applies more pressure to the string to produce a strong attack. I intend 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.”
The 2022 Gabriele Lodi “My Torres Interpretation” Guitar No. 115 is a stunning example of meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. The design of this guitar is inspired by Francisco Tarrega’s two earliest Torres guitars, focusing on intricate purflings and decorative elements that showcase the artist’s keen eye for aesthetics. The guitar’s construction has been carefully planned to achieve optimal tension distribution across the body, resulting in a relaxed and precise response. Using CITES-certified Brazilian rosewood and spruce soundboard adds to the guitar’s unique tonal colors and projection. The guitar’s overall playability is flawless, making it a joy to play and a true masterpiece of the lutherie craft. Another notable feature of the 2022 Gabriele Lodi “My Torres Interpretation” Guitar No. 115 is its low body resonance of D#, contributing to the guitar’s overall elegant and classic timbre. This characteristic creates an “old world” feel that enhances the guitar’s authenticity and charm, making it an exceptional instrument. It’s worth noting that the condition of the 2022 Gabriele Lodi “My Torres Interpretation” Guitar No. 115 is in excellent condition with only a couple of barely visible nail marks. Overall, the 2022 Gabriele Lodi “My Torres Interpretation” Guitar No. 115 is a work of art that will impress performers and collectors alike.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood (CITES certified)|
|Air body frequency:||D#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|