Antonio de Torres Jurado

Born June 13th, 1817 (died November 19th, 1892), Spanish guitarist and Luthier Antonio de Torres Jurado is arguably the father of the modern classical guitar, and is credited for increasing the size of the body of the guitar and making the soundboard thinner and lighter and in turn allowing the guitar soundboard to resonate louder. These improvements to the guitar revolutionized how it was treated (soon, as a legitimate instrument) and subsequently, how it was played in classical guitar standards. Jurado's ideas were just a few out of the countless epiphanies needed to advance the guitar to be the instrument it is today.

Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122


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