John RAY

Granada, Spain 2013

Torres (SE 153) copy

German spruce soundboard, bird's-eye maple back and sides

650 string length, 50 mm nut, Alessi tuning machines

$12,000

 

John Ray has been living in the heart of Granada building guitars for more than 20 years. Absorbing the traditional techniques of the great makers of Granada, and then of his master, Rolf Eichinger, he has been producing some of the most beautiful guitars in the world. This guitar is no exception. It is a copy of a guitar built by the great 19th century innovator, Antonio de Torres, number SE 153 of 1892. In John's words concerning the Torres; "I saw the original for the first time at a concert and workshop given by the owner Carles Trepat here in Spain. We talked and I looked at and listened carefully to the guitar privately. The idea to make a replica matured over the next year and we arranged to meet to take measurements and photos....I convinced my master Rolf Eichinger to make the trip with me because I felt I needed his vast knowledge of historical instruments and how to get the information out of what you see 100 plus years later....

   My intention was to make a perfect copy and at the same time to get as close to the sound of the original as possible....In order to [do this] I work slightly thinner and try to use my oldest and lightest-weight wood. I even try to use similar looking top wood....Anything I have modified has been to make the guitar a better tool for the musician."

   The guitar has a small plantilla, and the depth is shallower than a standard instrument: 78 mm at the heel. One of the most beautiful instruments you will ever see, this guitar is very responsive with a beautiful, open, personal voice, and is a true joy to play. We are exceptionally pleased to add this instrument to our most special category of guitars and to welcome John Ray to our roster of distinguished luthiers.

  


   

 

 

John RAY 

Granada, Spain 2013

Spruce soundboard, Indian rosewood back and sides

650 string length, 52 mm nut, Sloane tuning machines

$8500

 

 

 

 

 

 

John RAY

Granada, Spain 2013

Cedar soundboard, CSA Rosewood back and sides

650 string length, 52 mm nut

$9,000