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A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars from Torres to the Present – Second Edition

by Sheldon Urlik
• A must for those who love the Spanish Guitar.
• Indispensable for collectors
• Essential for luthiers
• Fascinating for players
• A library-quality, hardcover, 224 page book
• Includes three audio CDs
•Leather-bound Collector Edition available

Francisco Tarrega playing his 1888 Torres, c.1895. This Guitar is part of this collection.


From the author

This book catalogs the 80-plus Classical and Flamenco guitars in, likely, the finest collection of Spanish guitars existent. A fine collection should include world-class examples and, fittingly, the Collection’s crown jewel, among others, is the 1888 Torres guitar once owned, composed on and played by Francisco Tárrega, probably the most collectible of all guitars.

The Collection spans from the mid-nineteenth century, when the seminal guitar maker Antonio de Torres began the modern era of Spanish guitar making, to the present. All of the great Old Masters through those decades are represented. Each guitar has a chapter containing a detailed physical description, comments, insights, anecdotes, notes on its maker and an array of photographs. For the first time readers will be able to enjoy, compare, and critically listen to the collection’s guitars, individually, on three accurately produced audio CDs recorded by virtuoso guitarists Kenton Youngstrom and Richard Bruné.

The Collection was assembled over 25-plus years as the author studied the classical guitar and grew ever more interested in the instruments themselves and their builders’ place in the evolution of guitar making. Together these splendid guitars magnify the importance of the work that created them, and reveal the differences in woods, shapes, sizes, embellishments, finishes, and construction methods that make each instrument distinctive. The collecting environment also contributes to the preservation of the instruments, many of which are rare and/or irreplaceable.

Few collectables provide such gratifying artistic experiences, as do these fine Spanish guitars. The author hopes that the overview and comparative study that this book and included audio CDs presents contribute to the reader’s knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of fine Spanish Guitars. A COLLECTOR EDITION for fine book enthusiasts is available at extra cost. It has a fine brown leather binding, gilded page edges, and is limited to 180 numbered copies. The primary text is the same.

All of the great masters are represented including:

Antonio de Torres • Soto y Solares • F. González dynasty • Arias • Ramírez dynasty • E. García • Esteso

S. Hernández • Borreguero • Sanfeliu • Viudes • Simplicio • Galán family • Carzoglio • Hauser dynasty

Barbero family • Mönch • Bouchet • Arcángel Fernández • Fleta • Miguel Rodríguez dynasty

Hernández y Aguado • Velázquez • Friederich • Rubio • Bernabé family • Belezar • Raponi • Ruck • Gilbert

Bruné • Smallman • Reyes • Humphrey • Elliott • Field and many more.

Superior Quality Bookmaking


This meticulously written book is printed and bound with much care and premium materials (some seen and some not seen).

  • The paper used, Topkote 100lb Book, has superior fiber formation, ink holdout, quality of fiber and coating formulation, dull surface, and lower fluorescence, which enhances readability and showcases the photographs and illustrations.
  • Binding is Smyth sewn, which is a hallmark of library-quality and archival-safe books. The papers are physically sewn into the book using binders’ thread and are further reinforced with fabric and adhesive to create a very durable and usable book.
  • Vellum-patterned, cloth-covered, hardcovers give beauty and durability.  The hardcovers are cored with heavy binders’ board to resist bending, warping, nicking and crushing.
  • Marble-patterned end sheets “frame” the book’s contents.
  • Dust jacket is laminated to resist stains and wear-and-tear.
  • Pink-gold foil embossing on the cover and spine provides beauty with the dust jacket off.
  • The Collector Edition, available at extra cost for fine book enthusiasts, is leather-bound and shows heavily gilded page edges.

The results are handsome books with crisp visuals and pleasing tactile feel that contribute to enjoyable reading, hopefully, for generations. Intangible benefits are retention of value and the pride of ownership that fine books, like this one, often bring.


Ordering Information

Available at many music and instrument sources, or from the publisher by completing and submitting the order form below. You may also order by: telephone, fax, email or postal mail. Payable by VISA - MasterCard – Discover – American Express, or by Check.



$164.95 USD

$219.95 Collector Edition

  • Includes continental media shipping
  • USPS priority shipping is available
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