Description: Acoustic Guitar - Torres copy by Fabio Zontini, Flamed Maple
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2000 Fabio Zontini "Torres" Copy
Spanish Classical Concert Guitar
Top: Master Grade German "Moon" Spruce with a Bearclaw (Hazel-Fichte) 'dimple' at each side of the bridge
Back/Sides: Bookmatched Fiddleback (Flamed) Maple from Bosnia, source of the best violin tonewoods
Neck: Spanish Cedar
Fretboard: Gabon Ebony
Ships in form-fit hard-shell case.
Lower Bout: 13.5 inches (336 mm)
Scale: 650 mm
Neck Width at nut: 51mm
String height at 12th fret: 4mm
Condition overall is excellent. There is a 2 inch x 2 inch area on the top just south of the rosette and on the treble side of the high 'E' string that showed wear from the previous owner's fingers rubbing there. Two tiny hairline cracks appeared to be opening along the grain lines as a result. As a precaution, I had a master builder and restoration expert glue a small, thin Spruce shim under the area, and re-do the French polish, blending it back in. He then refreshed the French polish finish of the entire guitar. She now looks great, and there's only the slightest hint of a cosmetic blemish when viewed at a certain angle and under a certain light in the area with the reinforcement underneath. I could not even capture it in a photo, and mention it here solely for the sake of full disclosure. The guitar is structurally perfect, and the tiny Spruce patch under the top guarantees that the area will never be an issue.
The voice is charming, with great clarity and note separation in all positions on the fretboard. She's also quite loud. Don't let the relatively smaller plantilla fool you! Those who are familiar with Torres copies know what I mean.
Beautifully setup. She plays like a dream.
The tuners on this guitar are a top of the line, handcrafted, custom set by Niccolo Alessi (also Italian) with Pearl buttons, and cost almost $1,000 alone!
Zontini is a Guitar Maker, Historian, Teacher, and Lecturer who is highly regarded in Italy, and known throughout continental Europe (especially Germany and France), and England.
He is a graduate of the Civica Scuola di Liuteria of Milan, where he received the Diploma of Master Luthier and Restorer. He has closely studied and made copies of instruments by legendary builders including Panormo, Hermann Hauser, Francisco Simplicio, Robert Bouchet, and his teacher and mentor Pietro Gallinotti. He has carefully studied the 1859 Torres guitar once belonging to Miguel Llobet and the famous 1862 Torres 'Papier Maché' cardboard guitar (a copy of which he made in 2005).
Pictures: Acoustic Guitar - Torres copy by Fabio Zontini, Flamed Maple