a Torres "hommage"

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Alexandru Marian
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a Torres "hommage"

Post by Alexandru Marian » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:38 am

Hey, anyone missed me? :) I'm still kicking, just been too busy to participate as I used to...

Anyway I wanted to show a smaller guitar I just tried in the rough. It is supposed to be a hommage to Torres' first epoch guitars. Not a plan-copy, but sort of of an average of what he was doing in the 1860's.

The top is 5(!) piece Carpathian spruce I made from splitting an old construction beam. Pretty cheap looking but with nice structural qualities.
Back is eggplant color bois de rose (a variety of Madagascar rw), bookmatched Rio fb, old dense khaya neck, Madagascar bridge, boxwood binding (not yet done on the back)

What I really like about it is that it doesn't have a small guitar, boxy sound. Recording made when it was just 2h old.


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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by vesa » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:28 am

Wellcome back Alex, actually the other day I was thinking that you had not written in some time, good comments always needed.
Looks really good but I could not play the video.
Master grade spruce looks great but sometimes sterile and boring(IMO), nice to see other attempts.
5 struts ?
640 scale? Nut spacing?
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by Alexandru Marian » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:42 am

Thanks! I am far behind with the work and depressed about it and I also have a wonderful daughter :chaud: since November. I am a way I built this for her.

It is not really a tiny guitar, just on the small side. 650 scale, normal sized neck (52nut) with 350mm lower bout and 260 upper. Typical 7+2 Torres inside, lower transverse with arches.

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Post by Grooveman JS » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:52 am

Thanks for sharing.......always love to see built pics & the video....it was a bonus; considering that the instrument is only 2 hours old.....nice, tasteful aesthetics
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by rinneby » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:01 am

Alexandru Marian wrote:Thanks! I am far behind with the work and depressed about it and I also have a wonderful daughter :chaud: since November. I am a way I built this for her.
Damn, I was just gonna ask what the price was :) Sounds real nice for such a youngster.

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by rojarosguitar » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:20 am

Gorgeous guitar and great sound, considered the "age" ... Congratulations to you beijng a newborn father and a very very respectable guitar maker!
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by astro64 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:30 pm

That sounds really promising. Very clear, good sustain, and indeed open and airy sounding.

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by vesa » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:38 pm

Beautiful sound.
You don´t always need the most expensive tonewood to get good results.
Did you go down to Torres thicknesses with the body?
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by bacsidoan » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:52 pm

Very nice Alex. Love the proud V-joint and the beautiful fingerboard. The sound is no slouch either. BTW, I do miss your expert contribution, and more importantly congratulations on being a father.

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by Alexandru Marian » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:10 pm

Vesa, yes, all thicknesses are true to the master's way :)

After I wear the strings will finish the binding and carve the neck, it is now like a caveman's club. Put a bit of polish on it and record with a real guitarist, but in the meanwhile I also have this sample taken after a couple hours. I think it was already opening up some more but the main sound difference is from a different mic positioning.

https://youtu.be/6bZ1SYnVz4E?t=1m52s

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by Bruno Piancatelli » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:08 pm

very nice guitar Alex, love the sound. Congrats for the the guitar and specially for the new family member!

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by jaujau » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:23 pm

Alex!

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
I missed your posts. The guitar sounds so intimate... so sensitive. I love it. looking forward to more videos!
How would you say the mini tornavoz contribute to the sound?
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by mmapag » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:02 pm

Sounds wonderful Alex! I like the look of the top but I get that most folks like a closer grain. Who cares if it sound great?? A small body with the playability of 650/52. A wonderful concept!
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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by Kintla » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:30 pm

This is an awesome sounding guitar!!

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Re: a Torres "hommage"

Post by Chris Sobel » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:49 pm

Nice work Alex and congratulations on the new girl.

That's maybe the second set of Bois de Rose I've ever seen.. so rare. I used some for a headstock and it liked to bleed a lot. The guitar sounds great. I'm curious about the top density and thickness on this one?
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