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Luigi Locatto


650 mm Scale 51.2 mm Nut Fine to Medium grain Spruce Soundboard and Indian Rosewood back and sides. 7 fan braces and 2 bottom Chevrons, French Polish. Fully domed top, behind the bridge, which is the most normal in the Spanish style, and under the fretboard!

This great luthier has a waiting list time / back ordered delivery time of over 2 1/2 years.

Great Sustain and Fast Attack. Luigi Locatto has fabricated high grade Classical Guitars since the mid 1980's.

Luigi Locatto, born in Turin in 1953, completed classical studies and trained musically under the guidance of Guido Margaria, Sergio Notaro and Oscar Ghiglia.

He graduated from the Conservatory of Alessandria, he carried out concerts for some years, also collaborating with the RAI orchestra and the Teatro Regio in Turin. He has taught in many musical institutes, including for ten years the Musical Training Courses of the Municipality of Turin and the Corelli Institute of Pinerolo, where, under his guidance, several students graduated.

At the same time he has always cultivated Guitar making at an amateur level since he was a boy. In 1984 he was admitted to Josè Ramirez's workshops in Madrid, where he attended a short course for the maintenance of the instruments produced there.

Since the mid-1980s, guitar making has gradually become his main activity. He has carried out restorations of instruments made by Panormo, Arias, Garcia, Simplicio, Fleta, Santos Hernandez, Domingo Esteso, Manuel Ramirez and copies of the same, also commissioned by Italian conservatories in Novara, Trieste and Bologna. For some years his construction, from a design and stylistic point of view, has been based on Enrique Garcia and Francisco Simplicio. Various recordings have been made with his guitars by Lorenzo Micheli, Frederic Zigante, Shinichi Fukuda, Davide Ficco, Antonio Rugolo and many others. Luigi Locatto guitars have been used most notably on the Naxos September 2000 release of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's works by Lorenzo Micheli (winner of GFA 1999), and of Shinichi Fukuda's 2007 recording of Barrios and Villa-Lobos for Meister Music. His instruments are sold by major dealers in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France, China, including Fine Fretted String Instruments.

Lorenzo Micheli (winner of GFA 1999) visited our store in 2000, during his 50 city tour. I was able to show him very rare first edition prints of 1828-1834 Matteo Carcassi voice and guitar accompaniment songs, that were published in Paris.

The biography is from the rare out of print book: Liutai in Italia, Violinmakers in Italy by Gualtiero Nicolini, published in 2008.

It is understandable why this luthier has a waiting list time / back ordered delivery time of over 2 1/2 years.

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