2000 Antonio Raya Pardo Model Torres Concert Classical


Maker:   Antonio Raya Pardo
Year:  2000
Number:  149
Model:  Model Torres Concert Classical Guitar
Signed:   Yes
Top:    German spruce
Back and sides: Figured rosewood
Tuners:  Fustier
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: French polish

2000 Antonio Raya Pardo Model Torres Concert Classical

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2000 Antonio Raya Pardo Model Torres Concert Classical

4,800.00

Maker:   Antonio Raya Pardo
Year:  2000
Number:  149
Model:  Model Torres Concert Classical Guitar
Signed:   Yes
Top:    German spruce
Back and sides: Figured rosewood
Tuners:  Fustier
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: French polish

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Antonio Raya Pardo was born in 1950 in Huelva (Jaen), but moved to Granada when he was fourteen. He started his working life asa weaver, then, like so many of guitar makers of his generation, he apprenticed with Eduardo Ferrer for a short time, and eventually marrying Pilar Ferrer,  Eduardo's granddaughter. In 1972, he continued his training Jose Lopez Bellido, but admits he wasn’t there long, and only learned the basics. Antonio opened his own shop in 1973. Antonio considers himself to be largely self-taught, but also notes "among luthiers in Granada, "no one is alone, there are always friends to give you a hand," and acknowledges that Antonio Marin Montero has been one such friend, who has given him valuable advice. Antonio is the youngest of the five living Spanish makers Summerfield includes in his list of the finest classical guitar makers since 1800. He is also among the few luthiers to whom Luis F. Leal Pinar devotes an entire chapter in "Guitarreros de Andalucia" (2004).

Antonio builds classical and flamenco guitars using traditional methods of construction, This guitar is his Torres model concert classical guitar, however, it employs the Marin-Bouchet system of bracing. It is not only powerful, responsive, and easy to play like the Granada School instruments, but has good clarity, lovely tone, and projects well. The back and sides are made with a figured rosewood. The maker, however, had to fill some knots or tiny holes to use this back, so it has a number of tiny eyes that appear be looking outwards.  This guitar was built in 2000, and is his number 149. The label is signed.

The owner has taken good care of this guitar. Although there are a few minor scratches and light nail marks on the top, there is nothing deep, or nothing that a refreshing coat of French polish probably wouldn't cover. The action is set up very nicely, and plays very comfortably.