Enrique Garcia of Calle Aragon 369, Barcelona

  • Year:

    1903 (1902?) - a little unclear, number 89. Labelled, dated and with the 'Aragon 369' written in ink by the maker.

  • Body:

    The back & sides are likely to be of Brazilian rosewood; the back having regular straight grain and the sides having more beautiful grain variety and colour typical of Rio rosewood. Purfling is simple single line of maple probably.
    Body length:- 487mm.
    Top bout:- 271 mm wide & 92 mm deep.
    Waist:- 238 mm & 95 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 362 mm wide & 93 mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce - with even but quite wide grain carrying an elegant rosette with central tiles surrounded by concentric lines in various thicknesses and colour, rosewood bridge with bone-framed tie-block capping, traditional line purfling and rosewood bindings.
    Internally, the guitar has Garcia's asymmetric 8-fan-strut construction with closing bars but no bridge bar or plate.

  • Tuners:

    Unknown make; seemingly original with simply-patterned side-plates and round, bone buttons.

  • Scale:

    648mm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard. The cedar (?) neck has the rounded, Barcelona-shaped heel.

  • Neck Width:

    50mm at the nut with 42mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1234 grams, without strings.

  • Condition:

    The guitar has cracks and repairs but could be restored to much-improved condition.
    The head is fractured through the centre and two side pieces above the ramps - and is held in place by the head-face veneer. This can be made secure and near-invisible.
    The tuners are worn. The bone buttons are in good condition except the 1st which is cracked but likely still functional. The rollers appear to be surprisingly near crack-free. Two of the fixing screws are missing.
    The fingerboard appears to have been replaced as a joint line is visible along its length from where the old one had been planed off.
    The back and sides are in very good structural condition.
    There is one hard-to-see, 10cm crack with evidence of small impact causing it, down on the bass-side bottom, 3.5cm from the edge.
    There are three thin cleats on the inside, treble-side waist to stabilise a crack that can hardly be seen.
    The polish is dulled and thinned in places.
    The front has several cracks:-
    One either side of the fingerboard.
    A 5cm crack on the lower bout, bass-side, edge.
    A 5cm crack down at the bottom, bass-side of the bridge wing.
    A pair of cracks that run from rosette to bridge.
    An open crack just off the centre-line from bridge to bottom.
    A second glued crack in line with 2nd string from bridge to bottom,
    An open but glued crack near the treble end of the bridge.
    There are numerous, less than 1cm crack lines on the very end of the board at the bottom.
    Most of the above cracks have very small diamond-shaped cleats inside.
    The front retains some doming both behind and in front of the bridge.
    From marks and residue underneath the edge of the sound-hole, I believe this guitar originally had a tornovoz which has been removed; perhaps to faciltate old crack repairs.
    The label; undoubtedly original, is badly aged, darkened and fragile.

  • Comments:

    This is a Torres-style guitar from the famed and much-admired Enrique Garcia (1868 - 1922) - and like many Torres guitars, is likely to have had a tornovoz originally. The head has the three-lobe top shape and the rest of the guitar is plainly-decorated. Many of these guitars had a lovely, deep and warm sound - which from this one cannot be heard until it is restored.
    Although with a number of issues currently, this can be brought back to fully playable condition and pleasing appearance.
    The case is of an age similar to the guitar but is too large internally. The condition is not bad except the bottom end of the lid which is badly worn.

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  • Price:
    This page has been created for historical details only, for a client friend. We never owned or sold this instrument, but had chance to inspect it.
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