Christian Aubin - the maker who taught Daniel Friederich lutherie in 1955
647 mm Scale 52 mm Nut. Very Fine grain Domed Spruce Soundboard with lots of Hazel Fichte and Indian Rosewood back and sides. This marvelous Torres copy guitar has 7 Fan braces and 2 bottom chevrons. Separate kerfing pieces attaching the Soundboard and the back to the sides, - the ultimate high grade lutherie fabrication, it provides the most power and resonance to the instrument, Harmonic bars - Torres copy. French Polish. As a friend and disciple of Robert Bouchet, Christian Aubin fabricated 135 guitars from 1950 until 2001 at different locations.
it has 5 repaired cracks below the bridge, and one next to the bass side of the rosette- done before I acquired it, original varnish, String spacing is 1-6, 45 mm, the lengths of the cracks range from: most are 50 mm, one at 70 mm, one is 60 mm long.
I have included a photo of Christian Aubin, it is from the archive of one of his disciples, Philippe Mottet.
The Christian Aubin Guitar is in stock. It vibrates when you speak near it.
In 1950 Christian Aubin owned an 1867 Antonio de Torres Guitar with a 3 piece Rosewood back and sides, known as "Antonio de Torres: FE 23" for its listing on page 186 in the biography "Antonio de Torres Guitar Maker-His Life & Work" by Jose Luis Romanillos, published in 1987. (See photo below)
Robert Bouchet became involved restoring the 1867 Torres on behalf of Christian Aubin, after the concert guitarist and teacher put high tension Augustine strings on the Torres guitar, creating cracks in the soundboard. Robert Bouchet learned an immeasurable amount of knowledge about lutherie doing the restoration as well. He began in 1946 making guitars himself.
Bouchet passed on his knowledge to Christian Aubin, and later, Aubin would go on to teach the author of this article in 1954. (Bouchet a transmis son savoir à Christian Aubin, et plus tard, Aubin enseignera à l'auteur de cet article en 1954.) This previous quote is from an article: "A Look at French Guitar Making Since 1850" by Daniel Friederich.