“The name comes from Antonio de Torres and Antonio Stradivari, both. It has been about time for a new model. And for my next guitar I wanted to look back into my earlier days of guitar making before I came out with the Birdfish… So I started to deal with formal elements which go back into the very early guitar history – much earlier than the electric guitar history. I used the project name “Antonio” in the very first stage because the imagination of this name pretty much constrained me to the path of not making a retro or vintage design of an electric guitar. Antonio is pre-vintage and pre-retro.”
Comparing this guitar to a traditional classical…
“People shouldn’t misunderstand this guitar; it is not a modern classical guitar. It is a pure electric guitar. There is common ground in formal design elements. The “historic” look of this guitar will have influence in your playing style as much as the tonal construction of the guitar. I can’t repeat it often enough: I am deeply convinced that people choose guitars for the look and pictorial/visual message/expression mostly – at least they do it much, much more than they get aware of it. You can’t separate guitar playing from visual performance… This model isn’t addressed to classical players. I have no idea how classical players will perceive it but don’t think that they get aware of it. I used this scale length because it fits perfectly to the tonal quality of the model. Although the classical design of the Antonio is strongly embedded in the common pictorial property it is not very much connected with electric guitar music. So I am curious how electric players will perceive this guitar as much as what they are going to play with it.”
Unlike other Teuffel models…
“The Antonio model is not a modular guitar. It is an electric guitar with sound chambers and a neck pickup. There are no piezo pickups in the bridge.
I worked on this guitar for about a year now and I did some rough pre-prototypes for shape, wood selection and sound tests. In regard to the longer upper body half, I could use my experience with my Tesla model. The guitar has really a lot of warm basses. During the design process it was obvious to me not to use my typical matte finish but a polished, translucent lacquer.”
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