GSI Welcomes a Legendary Guitar as Francisco Tárrega’s 1883 Antonio de Torres “SE 49” Arrives in Our Showroom!

There are not many instruments in the history of classical guitar that are as important as the 1883 Antonio de Torres SP/MP. Which was previously owned by the great Spanish composer. Tárrega, also known as the father of the classical guitar. Only owned three guitars in his lifetime made by Antonio de Torres. Who is the inventor of the classical guitar in the form we know it today.

This instrument is numbered #49 from Torres’ “Second epoch”. After Tárrega’s death in 1909, “SE 49” became the last of the 3 Torres sold by his family, in 1944. According to Jose Romanillos, it seems that this 1883 guitar was intended as a new replacement for the first Torres. (and much-loved) Tárrega’s (“FE 17” from 1864).

Like the 1864 guitar, the “SE 49” is made with flamed maple wood on the sides and four sections on the back. And it is decorated with some of the same inlay materials on the rosette and top purfling. But the “SE 49” was a slightly larger instrument than the “FE 17” and was not originally equipped with a tornadovoz. The “SE 49” also lacks decorative inserts on the head or back, but does have some other surprising details. Perhaps most notable is the addition of a “fish” MOP finish on the bridge wings. This guitar, in its current state, is in excellent condition and ready for concerts.



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