Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

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Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

Post by Ben.S.2 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:18 pm


I Recently bought a 1974 model 56 Taurus guitar.
it's a little beat up and the neck was cracked at some points and fixed.
The tuners I'm sure are not the originals.
Still, the guitar sounds very good, and is nice to play.

I've found a bit of info on Taurus here and elsewhere on the web and it seems to me some of their guitars are considered pretty good. I would love to hear more about this guitar and manufacturer.
Is 56 a good model? Is this a flamenco guitar? what woods is it made of?
Does anyone here have one of these?

What do you think this instrument is worth?

Also, I'm thinking of installing a wooden "pick guard" over the part of the soundboard that's messed up.
If this guitar is worth something would this decrease the value?

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Re: Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

Post by bear » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:28 pm

There's a difference between Taurus and Torres, the latter is worth some $$$. I would consider a "golpeador" instead of a pick guard.
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Re: Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

Post by Big bird » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:34 pm

Found this on a Flamenco Guitar site. Take it as you will. It is in reference to a 1972 Model 56 Taurus.

"Perhaps I can shed more light on this guitar. The Taurus guitar factory in Barcelona made some the student models for Ramirez during the mid to late 60's and into the 80's. Antonio Picado Berga worked for the factory from 1968-1982 and made many of the "luthier" models for Ramirez. The same model guitar back then would sell as a student Ramirez for more than it did with the Taurus label. Student Ramirez models from that period bring $800 to $2000 in today's market. The Taurus labeled ones can bring whatever the buyer is willing to pay. The guitar was probably made by Berga. Definitely not Jose Ramirez or anyone in his workshop in Madrid. The luthier models of Taurus sold in Barcelona back then for $150-$185 and the few that hit the states brought maybe $250. I had a student back in 1973 that had the Model 60 she had bought in Barcelona new for $165. Even though these were called "luthier" models they were not hand made by a single luthier. They would be select models that were examined, special set up, and had to meet the standards of the luthier in charge which was probably Berga, but still factory made guitars. Generally the best ones were sold to Ramirez."
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Re: Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:46 pm

Let me, please, respectfully add that Berga is not a family name but name of town in province of Barcelona
where Señor Antonio Picado runs his workshop for good several years. And yes, Antonio Picado has been working for Taurus in Barcelona and has been building there guitars for Jose Ramirez.
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Re: Value of a beaten up 1974 model 56 taurus

Post by Brynmor » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:38 pm

My first classical guitar was a Taurus 56, bought from the Spanish Guitar Centre in London, in the early 1970s. I recall it being a good student model and not particularly expensive - less than £100 then. I very quickly upgraded to a better student model, a Manuel Conde for £130. Both instruments were factory built student guitars of good quality and served their purpose. I would not think your instrument is of any real value, particularly in view of its condition, and any alterations you make to it would not affect the value.

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