Tatay Guitars

Posted by Bob on Wed, 02/27/02 - 08:30:40.

Anybody have any information on Tatay guitars?

V. Tatay was a luthier in New York in the '50s and '60s.

Bob

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tatay guitar

i have a vincente tatay tomas guitar. the label is round, multi colored with a guitar in the middle and the word vivato.
it is a small guitar. tenor, i think. bigger that a ukelele but not as big as a regular guitar.
can you tell me something about its age, history, value etc.
thanks

Tatay tonor

Hi. I'm interested in buying a Tatay tenor guitar, and wonder if you would consider selling yours. You will note on earlier messages left on this site that I lost out on buying one from a guy in Bartlett Illinois because he wouldn't ship to the UK. The guitar sold for €260. I need a wide nut width and the guitar he was offering had a 1/34inch nut which would have been ideal.for me and was listed as being made in the 90s. This info may be of use to you whether or not you wish to sell but if you don't please let me know through these pages and bear me in mind if you do decide to sell in future. Cheers. Tony

Taytay

I have 3 Taytay Guitars. One was made in 1952 by Vincent Tatay my father had it custom made through the Spanish Guitar Store in NYC. It is in very good condition, light as a feather. Not sure on woods but I’m sure you could tell. When I was very young I remember bringing the Guitar to the Tatay Factory out in Farmingdale Long Island for repair work on the Bridge in the late 1960’s. I believe this was Vincents grandson who continued the family tradition. At that time he wanted to buy the guitar from us when he saw it was made by his grandfather. My dad did not want to sell and he did a beautiful job fixing the guitar. His workshop was amazing. Everything done by hand by one man. To a young boy it looked like Santas workshop.

At that time my dad ordered two more guitars from him, which I still have also in very good shape. One for me and one for my sister.

I do play guitar but not classical and I hate to see guitars not played. (all are strung and completely playable) Could I send you photos of the guitars to look at? If you are interested in them to purchase that would be great as I know they would go to a good home

Vincente Tatay Guitars and Davie Graham

Just watching a documentary on TV in the UK called 'Led Zeppelin And The Music That Influenced Them'. It seems Jimmy Page was influenced by Davey Graham the British fingerstyle guitarist probably most famous for writing 'Angie', as recorded by Paul Simon and many others. In the programme there is a close up of Davey Graham playing a classical guitar and the label can clearly be seen. It is a Vincente Tatay, made in Valencia.

Tatay guitars

At the beginning of 2015 I will include more Tatay information on the site
http://members.upc.nl/a.bogaard241
to include fotos, labels and family tree.

Tatay tenor guitar

I recently missed out on acquiring a Tatay tenor guitar because the ebay seller wouldn't ship to the UK. I need the wide nut width and the guitar for sale had a 13/4 (one and three quarter inch) nut width which would have been ideal. Alas it was not to be, but I live in hope! Can anyone help me in my quest. Cheers. Tony.

My grandfather is Andrew

My grandfather is Andrew Tatay, who made guitars for years in Long Island. Finally retired and sold his shop. He is still alive and doing well. I wish i owned one of his guitars. I am one of the two in the family that actually plays, as far as i know. Last I heard, his old shop is a produce stand. He had a bedroom in the back and lived there. I have been there a few times when he owned it. He is a great man.

I am selling my ancient Tatay classic with mother-of-pearl-inlay

I bought it from Joe Fava, flamenco musician who toured with EL GRECO dance troupe. He owned a large music shop in the first "Shopping Mall" near Detroit, MI, and taught students there. I am 80 years old now...got the TATAY in its original case when I was 18, and played it on YouTube so you can get a look at it. Search < Kuspalypso!>, and hear "I like bananas" calypso, and sing along with lyrics below the video. I'm taking it to a auction house for evaluation tomorrow in Scotts Valley, CA, the Slavinski Auctioneers. Fava was a student of and a good friend of the Great Andre Segovia, who always played the Detroit Masonic Temple twice per year into his NINETIES! He stayed with Joe Fava and played my guitar.
The back of the neck has a deep wood-burned "Made in Valencia, Spain" logo on it, and it was modified to contain and internal pickup INSIDE and had a jack in the side of it. the heavy pickup was one of the first ever used...To be plugged into the sound systems at El Greco concerts. Only the well-repaired access openings in the back, and the jack hole (taped over by me) are evidence of the show-biz use of this century-old beauty.
Last year a musician/guitar-seller said I could get anywhere from $3k to $6k if I sold it in its present condition. The inlay itself could be worth that much...but the sound is rich and wonderful. A friend in played it in Houston three years ago and immediately called his son so he could hear it over the cellphone..and said I've never seen a 100-year old guitar that wasn't falling apart and needing rebuilding.
Let me know if you know any one who wants to bid on it. Or call Slawinski Auctions in Scotts Valley... my phone is < 831.325.8870 >

Tatay Guitars for sale

Hello I have 3 Taytay Guitars. One was made in 1952 by Vincent Tatay my father had it custom made through the Spanish Guitar Store in NYC. It is in very good condition, light as a feather. Not sure on woods but I’m sure you could tell. When I was very young I remember bringing the Guitar to the Tatay Factory out in Farmingdale Long Island for repair work on the Bridge in the late 1960’s. I believe this was Vincents grandson who continued the family tradition. At that time he wanted to buy the guitar from us when he saw it was made by his grandfather. My dad did not want to sell and he did a beautiful job fixing the guitar. His workshop was amazing. Everything done by hand by one man. To a young boy it looked like Santas workshop.

At that time my dad ordered two more guitars from him, which I still have also in very good shape. One for me and one for my sister.

I do play guitar but not classical and I hate to see guitars not played. (all are strung and completely playable) Could I send you photos of the guitars to look at? If you are interested in them to purchase that would be great as I know they would go to a good home

Tatay tenor guitar 1/34inch nut size

Hi Michael. I've only just read your message on this site and thought maybe you could help me to find a guitar probably made by your grandfather. Due to arthritis I need a wide nut width and a model sold on ebay last December (2014) had this unusual feature. I'm in my 70,s now but was in Long Island in 1978 and 1980 in Middle Neck and Jamaica and the beautiful Cold Spring Harbour and feel quite an affinity with the place but whilst there had no interest in guitars but since taking up the ukulele in my late 60s I have progressed to tenor guitar and regret the opportunities I've missed. Look forward to hearing from you whether you can help in this matter or not. Cheers Tony

Mr. Andrew Tatay

Thank you for posting about your grandfather's shop in Long Island. I'm very interested in the history of Tatay guitars and would cherish any advise you might have on where to look for family/business history. You should be very proud of your family's legacy. They made fine instruments through several generations.

Thanks,

Jack O'Dell
jackodell@me.com

tatay guitar

I have a 1958. I guess it is a student type. Nothing fancy. Mahogany sides and back. But solid spruce top looks like. Amazingly light and playable still with the standard longitudenal crack on the back, repaired long ago. Straight neck. A backing strip was glued to the inside of the back to splice the thing together ? Looks like it ended up being a 1/4 inch away from the crack though. Maybe that's a method for better acoustics, the offset strongback piece rather than right over the crack. Looks like the crack had been open and the repair involved gluing a long thin piece of wood (from the bottom and 10" toward middle.) When I got it in late 70's it had a cheesy white plastic pic protector that fell off. I was told by someone that because of the narrower than standard neck it was a flamingo guitar. I invested in a super strong case for this fragile wonder of an instrument. If only I could really play but I love noodling around and appreciate it for what it is. Paid $100 for it. Worth a bit more it sounds like. Sounds rich, stays in tune.

Tatay tenor guitar

"Is there anybody out there" who can help me find a Tatay tenor guitar from the 90's I think? That particular model featured a 1and3/4inch nut width. A guitar like this was sold on ebay last December (2014) in the US, I know this because the seller would only ship within the States and I'm in England. It sold for $260. I need a wide nut width as I have problems with arthritis. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated . Cheers Tony

V. Tatay Tiple

Hello,
I inherited my great grandmothers V. Tatay 12 string Tiple. I know this is rare. Is there an way I could get an appraisal on it for insurance purposes?

vicente tatay tomas spanish guitar

I have a vicenti tatay tomas guitar in very good condition,
but the soundhole label is missing can anyone help me to obtain one. Ibelieve the model to be n-123, the above name is stamped on the back of the headset. Regards ian.b

tatay guitar

I have a tatay guitar stamped Feb 1962 that I am willing to sell. Please contact me with offer. I am located in NYC. In perfect condition.

Poor Craftsmanship

Geez, I hate to place the only negative comment here but...
Sometime in the early 70's I brought my 65 Gibson L5 into Tatay to have the frets replaced. I was young and didn't realize that they just needed to be dressed a bit but I wasn't advised so by Tatay. The bottom line is that he replaced the frets and actually cut through the binding of the neck while doing so. He also chewed up the ebony fretboard as well. He really killed the guitar cosmetically.I never used it again...still have it in a closet, just a bad memory.

My Tatay

My one has 61 written in pencil on inner neck joint and also on one of the braces. The top to sides joints are very crude like old teeth. It has the made in Spain label

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