My 'copy' of this interesting, small Torres Guitar. It has a wonderful Plantilla. The lines and proportions of the bouts and waist are where Torres excelled. The only other Guitars that have such an agreeable plantilla are the very small Torres with scale lengths of around 60 cm's.
I didn't quite manage to make mine in a 'couple of days'. It took me 40 hours work including making a couple of templates and a quick Solera. Probably made in a similar manner i.e. not being overly fussy with technical perfection. In fact there were many times when I had to stop myself from trying to alter niggling errors. That's a lot more difficult than you might imagine. It's almost like fighting against your own instincts. OK so it's a bit freely made in a traditional craftsmen sort of way. Still plays and sounds pretty good to my ears. I'll guess that was the original Torres intent. I very much doubt that he could spend endless hours fussing over details. Food was pretty hard to come by in those days.
There's not a whole lot going on in the engine room:
It also gave me the perfect excuse to try my 'Torres Green'.
I used Cherry with a Walnut centre panel. The Cherry is a little too fancy for this type of instrument but it's what I had to hand. Thankfully it isn't bookmatched nor do the two sides match. The European Spruce soundboard has it's wide grain at the centre line, simply because the reflection was better. The neck was salvaged from one abandoned many years ago. The fretboard Oak, the Bridge Pear with laburnum wear strips. All very Torres in approach. Use what was available.
It was all varnished in the space of 24 hours, strings on. My kind of Guitar building. I'll leave you all fastened to electron microscopes peering at purfling mitres. Freedom feels good.