Antonio Torres 1857 Early Master guitars
Antonio Torres 1857 Tornavoz [SOLD]
Guitar made by  Antonio Torres Year: 1857 Body: South american rosewood Front: European spruce. There is a brass tornavoz in the soundhole. Tuners:  the very nice silver tuners were added by Enrique Garcia Scale: 640mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard. Neck Width: 50 mm at the nut Weight: Condition: This Antonio de Torres 1857 guitar condition is very good. The head, neck, sides and front are in really excellent condition for its 162 years. The back is in Brazilian rosewood.   Price: [Guitar Sold]
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Brugère À Mirecourt 1845 SOLD
Brugère À Mirecourt 1845 SOLD
Table épicéa, caisse érable moucheté fond plaqué sur érable plane. Rare instrument fait par un des ouvriers de René Lacote, portant le barrage et le chevalet spécifiques demandés au luthier par le compositeur Aguado. Longueur totale : 96 cm, Longueur caisse : 48,1 cm, Longueur corde : 62,7 cm Sillet : 45 mm. Price: Inquire
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Dominique FIELD 1981 guitar numbered 15
Cette Dominique FIELD 2010 guitar est spéciale : Elle a été construite à partir des bois que Robert Bouchet a donné à Dominique FIELD
Year: 2010 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 650 mm
Nut Width: 52 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: France Condition: New
Number: 200
 
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Enrique Garcia 1901 guitar
Guitar made by Enrique Garcia in 1901 Year: 1901 – number 9. Labelled, signed, addressed and dated by the maker. Body: South american rosewood of uncertain species, with fine, double-line purflings and characteristic, rounded heelcap. Front: European spruce with a well-recognised rosette of the maker, slim double-line purflings, rosewood bridge with mother-of-pearl tie-block framing. The front has the maker's often-used assymetrical 8 fan-strut design. There is a brass tornavoz in the soundhole. Tuners: Original Scale: 650mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard. Neck Width: 50 mm at the nut Weight: 1360 grams Condition: The condition is very good; the front particularly. The head, neck, sides and front are in really excellent condition for its 116 years. The back which is Brazilian, has several cracks - which are tight closed. At some stage decades ago, the back has been taken off to effect back crack repair. The table has several cracks which have been perfectly restored Price: Inquire
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Enrique Garcia 1917 early master guitars SOLD
Guitar made by Enrique Garcia in 1917 Year: 1917 – number 185. Labelled, addressed and dated by the maker. Body: South american rosewood of uncertain species, with fine, double-line purflings and characteristic, rounded heelcap. Front: European spruce with a well-recognised rosette of the maker, slim double-line purflings, rosewood bridge with mother-of-pearl tie-block framing. The front has the maker's often-used assymetrical 8 fan-strut design. There is a brass tornavoz in the soundhole. Tuners: Original Scale: 650mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard. Neck Width: 50 mm at the nut Weight: 1380 grams Condition: The condition is very good; the front particularly. The head, neck, sides and front are in really excellent condition for its 104 years. The back which is Brazilian rosewood. The table has no cracks. Price: Inquire
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Francisco Simplicio 1926 early master guitars front
Francisco Simplicio 1926 guitar
Francisco Simplicio 1926 guitar Year: 1926 – number 103. Labeled, addressed and dated by the maker. Body: Cuban mahagony Front: Spruce with a well-recognized rosette of the maker Tuners: Original Scale: 650mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard. Neck Width: 50 mm at the nut Weight: 1380 grams Condition: The condition is excellent. The table has no cracks. Price: Inquire
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Louis Nicolas VISSENAIRE cc1825 [SOLD]
Guitar made by Louis Nicolas VISSENAIRE cc1825 Year: cc1925 Back et ribs: Maple burl. Front: Spruce Tuners: Pegheds Scale: 633mm Neck Width: 47 mm at the nut Condition: This instrument had a few repaired cracks on the top, the back. The guitar is now perfectly stable, set up and very easy to play. Price: 4’500€  (SOLD] Comments: guitare romantique  a été faite à Lyon vers 1825 par Louis Nicolas Vissenaire (1793-1867). C'est un instrument typique de ce grand luthier qui a fabriqué ce modèle "à cornes" dès 1820. Il s'agissait à cette époque d'une innovation. La lutherie est soignée et d'une grande finesse, avec ses larges filets de table d'harmonie en ébène et ivoire. Cette guitare convient très bien au répertoire romantique. C’est aussi un instrument de collection. Lutherie - Table en épicéa non verni avec filets en  ébène et ivoire - fond et éclisses en érable moucheté - Manche plaqué ébène - Touche 20 frettes en ébène - Tête en ébène et érable moucheté - Chevilles d'origine en ébène et grain de nacre  
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Ludwig Reisinger 1863 guitar
Ludwig Reisinger 1863 guitar
  • scale length: 640 mm.
  • body length: 440
  • total overall length: 930
  • body width (at heel): 60 (at middle bout): 80 (at lower bout): 75
  • fingerboard thickness (at nut): 15. (at 12th fret): 20
  • fingerboard width (at nut): 45 (at 12th fret): 55
  • tuning keys: mechanical; keys: ivory
Price: 7500€
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Marcelo BARBERO 1944 Rio

This Marcelo BARBERO 1944 Rio has rosewood back and sides. History : Marcelo Barbero was born in Madrid in 1904. Marcelo was trained by José Ramirez II, and gave José Ramirez III his initial lessons in guitar building. When Santos … Continued

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Marcelo Barbero 1951 Cypress
Marcelo Barbero 1951 Cypress

This Marcelo BARBERO 1951 Cypress has cypress back and sides. History : Marcelo Barbero was born in Madrid in 1904. Marcelo was trained by José Ramirez II, and gave José Ramirez III his initial lessons in guitar building. When Santos … Continued

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Nicolas Legros 1835 guitar front
Nicolas Legros 1835 guitar

GUITAR by NICOLAS LEGROS DE LA NEUVILLE, PARIS, CA. 1835

Printed Label reads: Rue des Lavandières Sainte Opportune, No 4 ,

AU DEUXIÉME. LEGROS, LUTHIER, ANCIEN OUVRIER DU SIEUR LACOTE,

"Fait tout ce qui concerne son état, au plus Juste prix."

A PARIS

 

This is a rare and finely made guitar, very much in the style of Lacote, with solid satinwood back and sides, ebony and ivory multiple purflings to the belly. It retains its original fretboard and frets (except the 12th which is a later replacement).

Legros is recorded as a publisher of music and luthier to the opera in Paris. He claims to have previously worked for Lacote on his label (see transcription). This is the first guitar by this maker that I have encouontered.

The dimensions are: stringlength: 624mm; Length, body: 425mm, max width: 290mm; the sides are quite deep at 83-90mm and the body overall resembles the slightly larger Lacote model frequently seen the early 1830’s.

The ebony bridge is original, as are the small wood screws that fix it to the original bridge plate. This technique is sometimes found on instruments that were built to be sent to hot or humid climates such as the French colonies of the time.

This guitar came to the current owner through a friend, who was given it by the grandniece of the virtuoso violinist, Joseph Joachim, shortly after World War II, when she was in Edinburgh. It would appear to have been brought to Scotland by the Joachim family, who immigrated shortly before the war to escape persecution.

The guitar is generally in excellent condition for its age and is fully playable. The neck is straight and the action good. The tone is strong, clear and “nutty” a very attractive and responsive guitar to play.

It has had some repair work to the neck, carried out in England around 1850. The fitted case is English and the head, which seemed to be based on the original is also English, as were the tuners.

The heel of the neck is solid ebony, fitted to the ebony veneered neck. A small repair in the heel has been filled with ebony and is almost invisible. The dovetail had also been damaged and this has also been restored (see photos for more detail). There is a well repaired crack in the treble side, the back being in good condition and the belly with 4 small, repaired cracks, all in good condition. The case is English, ca. 1850 and was built for this guitar. It has been fully restored in the workshop and is in very good condition.

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Rene Lacote 1839 guitar front back
René Lacote 1839 guitar

GUITAR by RENE LACOTE, 1839

Printed Label reads: Rue de Louvoie, n°10

Discover a René Lacote 1839 romantic guitar.
The condition is excellent : there are only two well restored cracks under the bridge on the top and two or three small restored cracks on the left of the back.
Here are the characteristics of this romantic guitar
Scale length : 628mm
Nut : 50mm
Price : 18'000€
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