Vincente Tatay Tomas Classical 1950s - 1960s Natural

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Vincente Tatay Tomas from the 1950s - 1960s, as indicated from the label of the guitar neck tilted to the right. Very nice example of the style from that epoch of this family of guitar builders.

No cracks in the soundboard or the back and sides. I have stripped the body and neck to the raw wood. The back and sides appear to be nogal (Spanish Walnut). I also believe the soundboard to be cedar. It is a classical with 5 light fingers of internal bracing, feather small and lovely. The soundboard is the classic Tatay thickness, about .15" in the middle and about .10" at the edges. I avoided sanding as much as possible to maintain the integrity of the fantastic thinness of the Tatay soundboard.
Because the soundboard darkened  with the one layer of de-waxed clear Shellac to seal it, I am guessing it is cedar. I also sealed and sanded the sides and back, which has the very interesting grain and pattern which appears to be Nogal. I have not found any examples of this in searching the internet, so it is simply my opinion. Over the shellac I used oil based spray Poly, about 9 light layers. All has been wet sanded to 2000 grit so it is very smooth to the touch and perspiration resistant.
The neck appears to be Spanish Cedar. The fret board came to me painted black . I stripped that off to find the very smooth fret board, that oiled, turned the color you see. I think this may be pear wood, quite common in the day. There is a longitudinal crack  in the fret board, as shown in the picture. Probably that was why some previous owner painted it black. Unnecessary, really. The surface of the fret board was sanded and oiled so that the crack is visible but filled with its own dust and smooth to the finger touch. The neck joint is a result of the Spanish Saddle, and fine  as it is.
The action is about 3mm at the 12th. Easy to play, resonant and sturdy.
The bridge appears to be Brazilian Rosewood. Firmly in place. Super thin on the wings, as shown in the pictures. There is some shadowing of the finish within 1mm of the edges of the bridge front and back, on the soundboard. It is simply my poor application and not a wood problem.

I added new Savarez 540 medium tension strings. The machine tuners are the original, repaired with screws for several cogs, so they are not the best. But they never were, even new.
What you see is what you get. Clean inside and out, a fine example of another generation of Tatay Classical guitars.

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