Salvador Ibáñez

Casa Nunez - classical guitar
Country : Spain - Valencia
Year :  c.1900
Scale length : 645 cm
Top : Spruce
Back & side Walnut
Fingerboard : Rosewood - 50mm
Body length : 450 mm
Body width : 250/210/320 mm
Body depth 90 / 95 mm
Weight : 1 040g
Action : 3,5/3,8 mm
Condition : Good
Price : Sold


Salvador Ibáñez was born in Valencia in 1854 and he opened his workshop there in 1883. This model calls to mind his early guitars, built in his small workshop at Ruzafa 8, but as shown by the rather tattered label, this particular guitar was in fact built in the workshop located in Bajada de San Francisco 23, where he had relocated in 1897. Salvador Ibáñez was one of the great figures in Spanish guitar making at the time. He was the first to operate a large company (about a hundred people worked for him around 1900). It is probably no coincidence that to this day most Spanish guitar makers are to be found in the Valencia area. Andrés Marin and Salvador Gaspar García were among the luthiers trained by Salvador Ibáñez. When he died in 1920, his two sons Vicente and Salvador succeeded him — until 1933, when Telesforo Julve took over the family firm.

This instrument displays the ornementation typical of this luthier’s work at the end of the 19th century. The sound is woody, deep and silky, the notes are vibrant with the expressiveness and sensitivity that make the charm of Spanish guitars of this period.


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