Antonio de Torres
1888, Almeria (SE 124)
Back & Sides: Maple
Built the same year as the collections SE 112, also with maple back and sides, this guitar is in remarkable condition and retains it’s original varnish and thicknesses of the top, back and sides. The scale length is 653mm and the nut, 50mm. There are seven fan braces. Formerly owned by the great virtuoso, Regino Sainz de la Maza, the guitar appears in Irving Sloan’s book Classic Guitar Construction. It was carefully restored by Richard Brune in 2014-2015 who places it in the 95th percentile of surviving Torres guitars for originality.
Built the same year as the last Torres owned by Francisco Tárrega (1888, SE 114), this instrument is nearly identical save for having maple sides and back and a slightly different rosette design. Internally they are identically braced and assembled, as is the collection’s SE 112.
The sound of this guitar astonished audiences at a recent Guitar Foundation of America “guitar tasting,” both for its beauty of tone and power, and projected as well as contemporary guitars with innovative designs. It also proves the point that a 130 year old guitar can stand the test of time if properly cared for and skillfully restored to preserve its originality.