This striking Torres model by Wolfgang Jellinghaus is a faithful replica of the legendary Tárrega guitar (FE 17) crafted by the master himself, Antonio de Torres, in 1864. Back in the day, this model was amongst Torres’ more exclusive and pricier creations, further distinguished by the innovative Tornavoz inclusion.
Beyond its timeless elegant appearance, this guitar carries a captivating history highlighting the symbiotic relationship between the icons Francisco Tárrega and Antonio de Torres and their groundbreaking role in modern guitar artistry.
This meticulously crafted recreation is ideally suited for the historical performance of Spanish romantic literature, embodying a sound that is as authentic as it is beautiful. The use of Indian rosewood for the back and sides not only enhances the visual appeal of the instrument but also broadens its tonal versatility, allowing for a rich spectrum of colors and abundant harmonics that are essential for expressing the nuanced dynamics of romantic compositions. Jellinghaus’ dedication to authenticity is evident in the faithful adherence to the original Torres system in its construction, ensuring that the guitar not only looks the part but sounds it too. The distinct and elaborate design of the rosette, a combination of herringbone, checkered, and diamond patterns, is a testament to the meticulous research and attention to detail involved in its creation, beautifully capturing the essence of the period’s aesthetic preferences.
The guitar’s visual allure is further elevated by the impressive, artful embellishments that grace both the back and the top, showcasing the exceptional level of craftsmanship associated with Torres. Handmade inlays, featuring herringbone and ancient meander patterns, add a touch of elegance and historical authenticity, making the instrument not just a musical tool but a piece of art. The finishing touch is provided by a hand-applied shellac finish, chosen for its ability to offer a thinner, more vibration-friendly layer compared to other varnishes. This choice significantly enhances the guitar’s projection, ensuring that every note played resonates with clarity and warmth, making this recreation a prized possession for any musician dedicated to the performance of Spanish romantic literature.
The photos of this guitar are general product images that may differ from the actual instrument.
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|Knobloch EDC 34.0