In the world of the Classical guitar, one name really stands out - Spanish luthier Torres, or to give him his full name; Antonio de Torres Jurado. (1817/92)
His designs were developed progressively from the 'fan-strutting' patterns used to reinforce the undersides of guitar soundboards around the turn of 18th / 19th century in Europe. This was a departure from the 'cross-braced' strutting applied during the Renaissance and Baroque periods on lutes and guitars. Torres guitars have been copied, revised and reformed by many other makers, some of whom have based their whole output on the great man's principles.
Without doubt, Torres changed the thinking of guitar makers of his time and up to the present day. Current players often request louder guitars from modern luthiers. Although achievable, it is sometimes at the risk of losing beautiful tone and balance, both elements of which are highly desirable to discerning players.
This is where the Torres-Taylor guitar excels! It utilizes the Torres principle of strutting, with thirteen, very light fan struts. These struts do not cross the part of the soundboard beneath the bridge and are not slotted into the rib-lining. The strut shape is also tapered from the center to the ends in both height and width. This effectively creates a 'domed' contour under the soundboard. The result is an effective string vibration that is transmitted across as much of the soundboard as possible, promoting resonance, tonal balance and increased volume.
An adjustable truss-rod in the neck and other refinements help produce a guitar that satisfies the demands of a serious performer.
Beautiful, high quality materials have been selected and handcrafted in creating the transcendent and superior Torres-Taylor guitar.
The Torres-Taylor Guitar comes strung with the Roosebeck™ 6-String Romantic Guitar Set (Item Code RBSRG6S), with the recommended tuning being E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 (E A d g b e'). We carefully set up each instrument up for optimum action (string height): between 0.5-0.7mm at the 1st fret for all strings; 3.0-3.5mm at the 10th fret for the 1st string; and 3.5-4.0mm at the 10th fret for the 6th string. A bi-directional truss rod is installed to compensate for any changes in neck curvature. Each guitar comes with a Roosebeck™ Torres-Taylor Guitar Hard Case which provides exceptional protection for your instrument. This case features a rugged, faux leather exterior, plush cushioned interior, and a locking fastener. The Roosebeck™ Torres-Taylor Guitar Hard Case (Item Code RHCTT) can also be purchased separately.
Sides and Back: Rosewood
Head Stock Plate, Fretboard and Bridge: Ebony
Soundboard Bracing: Spruce
Back Inlay: Green Abalone
Nut and Saddle: Buffalo Bone
Fret Markers: White Mother of Pearl
Scale Length: 648mm
Overall dimensions: 1,006mm length, 360mm width, and 94mm depth
Fretboard Width: 55mm at the 1st fret and 64mm at the 10th fret
Weight: Approximately 1.75 kg or 3.85 pounds.
It is very important that the instrument is stored in a humidity controlled environment, especially where the relative humidity is less than 50%. A Case Humidifier (Item Code OH-6) is a great way to protect your investment. It may be necessary to re-oil the fretboard every few months with Lemon Oil (Item Code PW-LMN). A Pick Guard (Item Codes SS-1P-C and SS-2P-C) is not included, but, can be added for protection.