ca.1965 Tarrega FT-111 Concert Classical Guitar
European Flamed Maple & Brazilian Rosewood
You are looking at an Amazing Circa 1965 Tarrega concert classical guitar.This guitar features a Spruce Top with Flamed Maple back & sides.Also includes a Mahogany neck with Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, headstock overlay and bridge! This guitar is all original. The action is low and easy to play.This guitar has average pick marks and other signs of it's age. Lacquer has it's original luster with mild checking.There is a stable small crack by the binding. Hard to show in pictures. It is strung with Savarez Red card high tension strings. These are the guitars Fender sold as their classical guitar offering in the 1960's.This guitar will ship in a professionally packed double braced cardboard box. A Hardshell case is available for $79.99
Here is a history on Tarrega!!!
These early acoustics were made in
Sweden by Bjarton/Hagstrom and imported and distributed by Fender from the mid- to late 1960s.
Responsible for all Bjarton's
exports, Hagstrom was the hub of a large transatlantic trade network. Acoustic
guitars made by Bjarton were sold worldwide with the Hagstrom logo.
In the States Hagstrom sold
thousands to Fender, who
marketed them under the name Tarrega
from 1962 until June -1966, stock was available in USA until around 1969. These
models - a flat top (FT108), 2 Concert models (FT110 FT111), and 5 Grand Concert
models (FT112-116) were named after the famous Spanish classical composer
Fransisco Tarrega who died in 1909.
The other main export was to - yes
- the B&J company who used – yes – the name España. Similarly, Crucianelli semi-acoustic guitars sold in the States
and Canada with the España logo, and maybe back in Scandinavia with Hagstrom –
or even no-name at all on them!
The Fender Tarrega
guitars debuted in '63 and were essentially the same as España Guitars, but had
a different headstock design, with two smaller humps on either side of a centre
dip. At least three different grand concert models were offered. the FT-116,
FT-114, and FT-113 although there were undoubtedly other concert sizes too. The
FT-116 was rosewood with maple purfling, rosewood head facing and bridge, ebony
fingerboard, and gold-plated tuners with pearl buttons. The FT-113
featured matched walnut back and sides, with ebony fingerboard and
nickel-plated hardware. The FT-114 was the same except for a blond maple body.
The Tarregas were offered until '69.
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