Antonio de Torres Jurado Classical guitar – Spain – 1858


Acoustic Hollow Body Classical guitar


Rosewood bridge

Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides

Ebony fretboard


Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892) has been as important to the history of the guitar as Stradivari has been to the development of the violin. This guitar dates from his so-called first period from the 1850s to the 1870s and was manufactured by him when he worked just outside Seville in Spain.
In his guitar design he tried to combine the best features of the Spanish guitar of the two previous generations of luthiers, the tradition of Pagés, Benediz and Martinez. His main contribution included the 20 percent larger body, a new fan-shaped bracing pattern with seven vocal bars fanning out from the underside of the sound hole, a string length of 65 cm/25.5 inches and minimal decoration to give the instrument a timeless character. He was also one of the first in Spain to equip his guitars with tuners.

Last updated on 5 May 2020
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