Arcangel Fernandez of Madrid

  • Year:

    1979. Labelled, dated, stamped and signed by the maker.

  • Body:

    Spanish cypress - very straight and stable grain on both back and sides, with simple yet elegant purflings and rosewood bindings. All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - an ambered front with quite fine and regular grain lines with clear golpeadors and rosewood bridge with bone-framed tie-block, The rosette is one of those beautiful geometric designs so typical of the top Madrid makers of this period

  • Tuners:

    Fustero machine tuners with engraved brass side-plates and pearloid buttons.

  • Scale:

    657mm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    53mm at the nut with 45 mm string spacing. Playing action - 3mm at 6th string; 2.2mm at 1st string.

  • Weight:

    1278 grams

  • Condition:

    This example is in very good condition. Apart from a parallel pair of 4cm little cracks around a bruise in one of the ribs, there are no significant cracks or repairs. The are playing marks and the front has been re-polished some years ago to tidy up previous superficial playing marks.

  • Comments:

    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. It has a deep bass and is very immediate with a penetrating character. No doubt in the hands of an accomplished flamenco, this guitar gives out real magic. The action and set-up feels just right.
    This guitar was made for Pepe Martinez who owned it and used it for about a year. He had small hands and sold it because he asked for another with narrower, slimmer neck. The sale includes an original letter from him in which he talks about this instrument.
    So, for performers with rich aunties and uncles or a collector seeking a special flamenco, here is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire a flamenco guitar from one of Spain's living, but retired greats.

    Arcangel Fernandez - Click here to find out more about this maker

  • Price:
    Sold April 2013
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