Monday, June 22, 2015

Off the Bench: Antonio Torres Style Classical Guitar, or Another Reason Why I Make Classical Guitars

A musical instrument is, without doubt, one of the most ingenious inventions of man.

Manuel Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars, 2003



One reason why I build classical guitars are young musicians.

They need quality affordable instruments, proper tools that allow them to grow.

Those young people make me push myself as a woodworker, I want to make better and better guitars. Each guitar I make is a "concert" guitar, only the best, something with a beautifully loud voice that touches the hearts of those who listen.



This morning, Kyle, drove up from Denver to be present when I put the strings on his Torres/Santos guitar for the first time.

He almost cried when he took his new guitar out of its case and saw how beautiful it is.

He hadn't even heard it.

I installed the strings, showed him how the 12 hole bridge works and tuned it to concert pitch.

My, it is a wonderful sounding guitar.

I ran a few scales on it, played part of a piece by Manuel Ponce then handed it over to him.

He played it for two hours straight. If his girlfriend in Denver hadn't been waiting for him, he'd be playing as I write this.



I am grateful for the earth that the trees grew upon that gave me the wood to create this beautiful tool.



It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
-Pablo Picasso

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