Salvador Ibanez ~1890 – valuable and historically important guitar, with amazing decorations.
Salvador Ibáñez (1854–1920) was a Spanish luthier. He made all kind of stringed instruments. These instruments were considered the finest of their age and are prized for their excellent quality and impeccable workmanship.
At eleven years of age Ibáñez became an apprentice in guitar construction at Calle Muela Valencia.
In 1870 he started his own company: Salvador Ibáñez y Albiñara. The company was registered at Calle Cubells. Working in his shop were the ten-year-old José Ibáñez and Magdalena Albiñara y Magraner, from Ollería, Valencia. In 1896 he first appeared in the trade guides at Calle Ruzafa Valencia and from 1898 to 1906 his shop was located at Calle Bajada de San Francisco. Salvador Ibáñez made bandurias, lutes, six and nine-string guitars and also guitars with detachable necks.
In 1897 he made the world’s first double-necked guitar. In the period 1915-1920 Salvador Ibáñez e Hijos (Salvador Ibáñez and Sons) were located at Calle Bajada de San Francisco and at Calle Padre Rico Valencia.
When he died in 1920 his workshop continued to be managed by his two sons until it was sold in 1933 to Telesforo Julve. Julve bought the Salvador Ibanez name, personnel and machinery and incorporated it in its own enterprise.
Julian Bream has played a Salvador Ibáñez guitar. Eric Clapton has owned several original Salvador Ibáñez guitars, one of which was sold at a benefit auction in 1999 obtaining a final price of US$42,000.
This guitar is a piece of art, the decorations and inlay work is amazing. A very impressive guitar, built for home use with a smaller scale and a comfortable size.
According to the label (which was used from 1890 – 1896) we could date the guitar pretty exactly.
You can already imagine the unbelievable sound of this guitar just by looking at it.
The woods have of course wonderfully matured after more than 120 years and produce an incredibly beautiful vintage sound. The guitar reacts immediately and has a great dynamic.
It is a very elegant example of Ibanez’ best instruments. The tone is truly gorgeous – rich and silky, smooth and full, marrying together the best qualities of a spruce-top guitar with the unique sound of Valencias greatest guitars. The separation between notes is clear and incredibly balanced, across the entire range.
The guitar has a shorter scale length of 610 mm and a nut width of 48 mm. It has a spruce top and rosewood back and sides.
It is perfectly adjusted and plays very easily with a straight neck and a low action.