Antonio de Torres 1863 “Enrique Garcia 1913”


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Antonio de Torres 1863 a spectacular guitar built by Enrique Garcia in 1913.

This guitar is truly a rarity. Equipped with an Antonio de Torres label, it baffled us at first. After intensive research and the help of numerous experts, we were then able to accurately explain the origin of the guitar.
Enrique Garcia built about 10 such Torres guitars on demand. The year on the label plus 50 years then corresponds to the year of manufacture (1913) of the guitar. In 1921, the guitar was brought back to Enrique Garcia’s store and minor repair work was done by Francisco Simplicio, who also left a small note on the side of the label afterwards.

This very masterful instrument really deserves to be considered as one of the great masterpieces of guitar making. It is clearly a replica of a guitar by Antonio de Torres and leans on the instruments of the so-called first era.
It is absolutely a masterpiece that impresses both in appearance and sound. The guitar sounds and plays as magical as it looks – it has that hard to describe old-world sound quality found in instruments of those early years – very lyrical highs and deep bass. This effect is further enhanced by the fact that the guitar is equipped with a “tornavoz” – a conical tube attached to the sound hole that adds a pleasant hum to the basses and brings brilliant clarity to the trebles.

Seeing such an instrument, the question arises as to “Why would the most respected and famous guitar maker of his day (Garcia) at the peak of his career, be willing to put in the Herculean effort required to produce such a showpiece, only to not take credit for it.” As is well-documented, many builders (including most famously, Manuel Ramirez) after Torres built replicas of the master’s work but claimed their own authorship. This was done for a variety of reasons – sometimes in an effort to discover and better understand Torres’ secrets, or simply to rise to the challenge of testing one’s wood-working skills when confronted with such work as a guitar. This tradition is still alive and well to the present day by many including Kenneth Brogger, Gabriele Lodi, Luigi Locatto and a host of many other highly skilled luthiers.

The significance and impact that the work of Antonio de Torres has had on the guitar world is just as strong today as it was in his own time. His instruments have mesmerized all generations of players and makers who have come into contact with them. The inspiration that has gripped the many luthiers who have come under their spell has led to an amazing tradition of replicas and tributes to the master. This instrument, in our opinion, is among the greatest examples in this enduring tradition.

The guitar has a fine spruce top and amazing rosewood back and sides. The scale length is 650 mm and the nut width 50 mm. It has received some repairs to the top and one at the back, but is in great condition for its age.
It comes with the original hard case.