Tatay Guitars

Posted by Bob on Wed, 02/27/02 - 13:30:40.

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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Re: Tatay Guitars

: Anybody have any information on Tatay guitars?
I visited the Tatay studio out east, past Farmingvile (at least), in 1976 or 77, with a friend who was having a 1920's acoustic Gibson restored. I met Mr. Tatay, the maestro himself, and even then I knew I was in the presence of greatness. (Vincent Bruno: Do you remember our visit???) Ah,. youth...

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

: Bob

How much is worth a Vicente

How much is worth a Vicente tatay 1975 classical gutar in inmaculated conditions

Tatay guitars/ Marco Francisco Tarrega Modelo 1-M, 12-26-74

I have a guitar that I purchased from The Spanish Music Center in New York City in 1975. I am an amateur player, who has not played at all for years. The label is a Spanish Music Center label pasted over another label which I can't read. It reads Marco Francisco Tarrega, with Modelo 1-M and the number 12-26-74. Another, smaller label reads Tatay Spanish Guitars.
Anyone have any info? It has a great sound still, even with the old strings.

Tatay guitars

I'm wondering if the style of the label is an indicator of the age of the guitar. I've seen the white label with the blue and red drawing and lettering, the round black label with gold lettering, and the round gold label with black lettering (one with New York and an identical one that reads Valencia). If those of you who have a Tatay and are 100% certain of the date and place it was made we may be able to make a rough estimate of the age of other Tatay guitars based on the type of label used. Feel free to email me and if any of the information I receive demonstrates any relevance I will post the results. If you're not certain of the date, don't guess. One wrong guess could negate the results. Thank You.

Tatay guitar

I just noticed a couple of nights ago that my Tatay guitar had the date July 1959 stamped on the foot of the neck inside the guitar. I'm in the process of trying to find out where it was made and every indication is that it was in Farmingville, New York. The label has those two figures dancing and the #13 street address. Any information would be helpful. Thankyou.

Tatay guitar found at garage sale.

My wife found a guitar at a garage sale that has a rounded off gold label at the end of the neck with Tatay Guitars written on it. Is this a real Tatay and, if so, when was it made? I once owned a Tatay purchased in Farmingville, NY in the mid 60s. Sold it because the neck was too wide for my hands. At the ripe old age of 77 I Have decided I 'd like to resurrect my guitar skills with the instrument my wife found. Is it a real Tatay?Z

Vicente tatay guitar

Yo tenia una guitarra vicente tatay y me la rompieron y estoy comprando una quien la venda favor de enviarme email rolpesa@yahoo.com

manuel tatay

hola tengo un manuel tatay blasco y quiero saber cuanto puedo venderlo

Tatay Guitars Farmingville, NY

I have lived in Farmingville, NY for over 40 years and frequented the small Taytay shop on Horseblock road many times since it was two blocks from my residence. I never bought any of the guitars they hand made though I often wish that I had. He did repairs and custom changes on a couple of Guild steel string acoustics I had and the work was top drawer. The shop was closed years ago and I really miss them.

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

Gabe Taytay

I knew Gabe and his wife in the 70’s. I worked with him at the ARTCC and did the lettering on the transom of his boat. (The Blue Tango)
TJ

guitar made by Andy Tatay

I own a Tatay guitar that I purchased from Andy Tatay around 1979. This was the third guitar of his that I owned. Although, I don't play anymore I still own the last guitar. It is a lovely instrument and in excellent condition. I remember your grandfather who was a delightful man.
I enjoyed spending time in his shop seeing him build guitars. Wonder how he is doing. It has been fun reading all the posts about your family.
If you are still interested in owning one of his guitars please contact me.

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

I know about your guitar

I have the same model you have. It's a requinto, an alto guitar used mostly in traditional Mexican romantic music. I have tried to tune this instrument using thethappropriate appropriate string provided by the brand. La Bella . It always detunes. I think it must be something related to the distance between the nut and the bridge.

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

I have a Tatay that says on label: Valencia, Espana

anybody know the vintage on this?

1960s Tatay No.13. Plastic or Metal strings?

Hi everyone,
I have a 1960s Tatay No.13 guitar.
It is not very good condition, there is a small crack in the back, but it is playable.
I want to repair the guitar. When I bought it, the guitar had metal strings on it.
How should I put the new strings?
Is it metal or plastic?
I'm waiting for your answer.
Thank you so much!

Koray

1960s Tatay No.13. Plastic or Metal strings?

Hi everyone,
I have a 1960s Tatay No.13 guitar.
It is not very good condition, there is a small crack in the back, but it is playable.
I want to repair the guitar. When I bought it, the guitar had metal strings on it.
How should I put the new strings?
Is it metal or plastic?
I'm waiting for your answer.
Thank you so much!

Koray

TATAY & SONS SPANISH GUITARS .Short Story

I grew up in Farmingville, and was friends with the Tatays. In fact , was a " pal " of Mr. Tatay ( Andy ) . My dad was a fireman with him, and I was in the Jr. FD with his sons. My mom was in the Ladies Aux. with Mrs. Tatay.

Many times I bicycled to his shop, and watched him making guitars, and can still smell the wood, and lacquers used in making them. I would guess more than 25 times, I would actually sweep the shop, clean up scraps, and just help in small ways. I liked it , but am sure I was looking for a tip ...which never came. LOL .

The reason I was around his shop was I used to bike down to the FD to try and run into my dad . They always were at the FD back then.

That was in the 70's . Later on , around 1999 ish I came back from California after 6 years , and wanted to go visit once again. I did, and was lucky to see a OPEN sign . I popped in and shot the shit with Andy for awhile, and he was mentioning he was retiring, and closing shop. The boys had no interest in keeping it going. I noticed there weren't any FOR SALE guitars in the usual space, and asked if he had any. He repled no not really. But then stated that he actually did have one, and asked him if I could purchase it. After a brief hem and haw he agreed. Somewhere around 600 I think. I still have the receipt, guitar, hard case in my spare room. It has been played 2 times !! And not by me. I can't play a record , no less a guitar. I believe that the guitar is the LAST guitar Produced in the Farmingville shop !! Which was also a reason I bought it. Like I said, I don't play. Just figured it would be a good memory piece . I know there is a signed label , probably numbered , on the inside of the guitar... I have to check it out.

I ran into Andy at the wake of another great guy from the FD, Bob Lang . Sometime around.... oh I guess 2010 - 2012 ... I saw him and his wife walking across the FD parking lot, and knew I had to say hello. I approached him, and told him who I was.. He was a old guy by then, and was short in his glory to see me. In fact seemed bored. lol. Not really, just a old guy with other than me in his memory bank . I kind of was sad to tell the truth, as I had fond memories of our talks, and time together in the "Shop" .

So that is that.........

Article about Tatay

Newsday had an article about Vincente Tatay. LI Guitar Maker, Sons Tuned in Old Spanish Way
Newsday (1940-1990); Aug 17, 1965; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Newsday
pg. 14

Help me date my guitar. I love the sound of it

And am starting the play . No idea if from factory or handmade by the sons? Idk but would be nice to know what I’m dealing with .. can someone tell by pics ? Labels? Frets ? Help
Post4holly@gmail.com.

ANTIQUE ZA TATAY FOLK GIUTAR

I recently purchased a vintage/antique handmade folk (not wide nut like a classical) guitar that is very well made, shorter scale 20 frets with a gold painted 13th fret ~ the design has white and Goldish line designs on it and ZA in in older gold painted into the design on the front ~ reminiscent of the Kay Carribean guitars from the 50's(?).
The guitar has TAKAY burned into the top of the head. It has wonderful warm rich tone, really good straight neck and great intonation. Definitely a handmade guitar, light weight, darker stain, possibly anywhere from the 30s thru the 50's based on wood. I do not know the type of wood(s) it is made from but I am stoked! I got it for $50. If anyone has any ideas if there was someone in the TAKAY family with the initials ZA TAKAY who made guitars, please contact me. I'd be glad to provide photos.

i have a chance to buy a VT

i have a chance to buy a VT Guitar, classical /flamenco, how do i age it, they want 155 euro with some damage, the lable says made in valencia, Nicko

1961 Gibson Les Paul SG

My 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG was purchased from Vinny Martell of the Vanilla Fudge in 1972
it needed some work so Vinny sold it to me for 100.00 I was 18 at the time. This guitar had amazing action and sound, so I never sold it. Andrew Taytay refinished this guitar around 1985. I asked him to replicate the original Cherry Red finish. Andrew Taytay told me that day that I should consider a chocolate burst because that was his specialty. I agreed even though I knew the finish would not look original. Now I have a one of a kind 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG and Andrew Taytay was telling the truth because the refinish came out awesome. The action and neck are amazing paired with Brazilian Rosewood finger board and Gibson PAF Humbuckers. I recently had it appraised for 20,000.00 bucks. When I met Vinny I was a kid and he had many guitars in some sort of disarray. I did not have much money so 100.00 bucks was hard for me to spend. If I had more I would have bought as many guitars that I could afford. What an investment 100.00 to 20,000.00. It took 50 years but I had the best guitar to hear and play all that time. Anyone who wants to contact me post a comment and I will be notified and I will send email and pics to anyone who comments

V Tatay lap steel guitar

I have what looks to be a 1950's lap steel. It`s beautiful.
Does anybody know the story behind it?
thanks
Paul

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