Made in 1958 - number 48. Labelled, signed, dated, numbered and stamped internally, including down in the lower sides
Spanish cypress - beautiful amber-coloured timber with very straight and stable grain on both back and sides. Simple back centre-strip and plain rosewood bindings so characteristic of flamenco instruments.
Top bout:- 278 mm wide & 91 mm deep.
Waist:- 240 mm
Bottom bout:- 364 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
European spruce - with even grain spacing and a clear, replacement golpeador that is larger than the original has been. The rosette is one of those beautiful geometric designs so typical of the top Madrid makers of this period
Machine tuners that appear to be the originals, with engraved, nickel / silver sideplates and cream colour buttons.
66cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard. Playing action very low at 2.4mm on the 6th and 2mm on the 1st at the 12th fret.
51mm at the nut
All French polished - and looking very good but with likelihood of some re-polishing or over-polishing. The front has one short, glued tight and single-cleated crack on the upper bout, treble-side and the possibility; very hard to be sure, of a crack on the bass side - I think not, but would rather describe with caution. Really in superb condition for a 50-year-old flamenco guitar and sounding magnificent.
Arcangel - what can you say? One of the great flamenco makers of all time - and here an example in really fine shape with sounds that are very special and complex. To watch and hear it played by its recent professional owner, Esteban Antonio - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkcO4V6T7W8. It is very crisp and immediate with a penetrating character. In the hands of an accomplished flamenco, this guitar gives out real magic. The action and set-up feels just right. So, if seeking a very special guitar, here is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire a flamenco guitar from one of Spain's living, but now retired, greats.
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