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date: 15 November 2019

Matabosch, Joanlocked


(fl Barcelona, Spain, c1790–1825). Catalonian guitar maker, considered one of the most important luthiers of his period in Spain. He was probably a son of the luthier Francisco Matabosch, active in Barcelona during the second half of the 18th century. Although highly regarded by such performers as Dionisio Aguado and Fernando Sor (whose first guitar was reportedly built by Matabosch), he is survived by only one instrument (E.B.mi), dated 1815. It displays a combination of modern features (e.g. kerfed linings, and a raised fingerboard with 18 inlaid metal frets, overlapping the edge of the soundhole) and old-fashioned (e.g. six double courses; no fan struts; simulated wood fillet along the back, made of black paste). The three scalloped harmonic bars under the soundtable and two scalloped transverse bars across the back rest on forked props. The neck and head, ribs, and two-piece back are of cypress, the soundtable of spruce with the soundhole surrounded by three concentric fillets. See ...

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