1904 Vicente Arias


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

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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: Kingwood
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. 

This guitar was restored by Andres Martin a respected luthier in Madrid probably in the 1950s. In addition to repairing cracks on the back, he seems to have taken the top off, so we suspect it may not be original. I had the Tree Ring lab at the University of Arizona attempt to date it, but the results were ambiguous, with dates on some databases suggesting it could be original, others not, but none with strong enough statistical confidence to be certain. I also had tests done to determine the species of wood used for back and sides, with particular concerns for whether the guitar contained any Brazilian rosewood (dalbergia nigra), it doesn't. We believe that it is made with another dalbergia species, probably Kingwood. All of these factors have been taken into account in its pricing. Regardless, it is a wonderful guitar with a sound consistent with other guitars made by Arias.