1904 Vicente Arias


Make: Vicente Arias
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1904
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 650
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French Polish
Tuners: Original
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

1904 Vicente Arias

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1904 Vicente Arias

9,000.00

Make: Vicente Arias
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1904
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 650
Nut: 50mm
Finish: French Polish
Tuners: Original
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

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Vicente Arias was born in Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real in 1833. He seems to have begun building guitars around 1860.  Emilio Pujol relates that around 1878-1879, Arias was commissioned by Francisco Tarrega to make a small guitar for him that he could carry under his cape to use to strengthen his fingers out of sight. He continued making guitars right up until his death in 1912.  He is generally credited with being the only luthier in the 19th century whose instruments rivaled those of Antonio de Torres in the elegance and constructional quality. Like many makers he had a series of shops. In 1889, he is recorded at Paloma 12. In trade guides 1898-1990, he is listed at Paloma 14. In 1903, we find him at Alamo 3, Madrid. In 1904 when this guitar was made he was at Huertas No. 29 dupdo. Between 1908-09, his shop is listed on the calle Santa Isabel, no. 20. He 1910, we find him again at Alamo 3; in 1912 at Alamo 10. He died in 1914.