New - spruce Sonata model
The body is made from the west African tonewood Ovangkol (botanical name - Guibourtia Ehie) in solid, single thickness. Its density is similar to Indian rosewood and this example has really beautiful figuring; particularly on the back - similar to fiddle-back maple, with the characteristic yellow brown colour and grey black stripes. (The maker actually refers to both 'Mongoy' in Spanish conversation and 'Ovangkol' in translation - although these are two distinct species)
European spruce - a good top with medullary rays and seemingly well-quarter-sawn, of pleasing colour, with rope-effect purflings and a tasteful rosette.
Schaller or Schaller look-alikes with white buttons
65cm. Ebony fingerboard
52mm at the nut
Sound sample to follow.
This is a very pleasing guitar altogether - in appearance, feel and sound. The bass has good depth, the treble is quite even , has clarity and the physical set-up offers comfortable playing. As with the all of the Juan Hernandez range, they are well-made and are clean and tidy inside as well as outside. At less than £850, these are really good value for money and compare very well with others makes at similar price.
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