richtm wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:23 pm
I was also looking for a Torres copy - and kind of sounding guitar although I don't use gut strings and don't have this high requirements and got a FE 19 copy from Philipp Lerche. I am very pleased with it I must say. See also
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of an earlier build of Philipp. This is Andreas one ... mine is #9.
There are sometimes Salvador Ibanez guitars for sale in Germany. But to be honest they have a kind of a thin sound and strange playability to me.
Salvador Ibanez guitars usually sell below 2K€, but most of the others are sold quite expensive. So I understand Robs approach to look for a new and affordable one...
Bear in mind that some people hate small necks/nuts so (46mm is like playing an acoustic)
Some Salvador are nice,others are rubbish(mahogany backs etc..),you can find that many couldn't deal with 100 years of mistreat(wet places/ temperature changes etc)so you will find odd actions (bad angles and deformed necks).
If they do not played well ,I would say they were not well preserved(have seen plenty of pre 1900 guitars...)
All the Salvador I have had straight necks and very low action without ugly buzzings,really easy to play...
The 3 I still have,sound/play wonderful(rich and deep). Checking the 1910s Salvador Ibañez catalog(when it becomes "e hijos" )you can see they had many different prices,the models had different woods,different rosete types(also different internal constructions,which improves with the price)
On the other hand watchout for the Salvador Ibañez e hijos,they are by no means the same as the the pre 1910s stuff (the weight is bigger,and the sound too) IMHO they became even more a factory product...
BTW I Also have a Torres copy (1864 FE17),sounds bigger than the peanuts,smaller than the big Salvador.