Arcangel Fernandez of Madrid

  • Year:

    Made in 1958 - number 48. Labelled, signed, dated, numbered and stamped internally, including down in the lower sides

  • Body:

    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.

  • Front:

    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

  • Tuners:

    Machine tuners that appear to be the originals, with engraved, nickel / silver sideplates and cream colour buttons.

  • Scale:

    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.

  • Neck Width:

    51mm at the nut

  • Weight:

    1332 grams

  • Condition:

    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.

  • 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. To watch and hear it played by its recent professional owner, Esteban Antonio - who sadly died this year after a long period of illness - see 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, great flamenco makers and played professionally by a talented guitarist composer.
    Esteban Antonio first bought this guitar in 2010. He adored it but had to re-sell it later to fund medical treatment. He was able to take it back in 2017 but never regained sufficient strength to play it well. This guitar is being re-sold with zero commission so that 100% of the sale proceeds go to Esteban's widow.

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  • Price:
    Please enquire. With original case. No VAT to add to the listed price of this item.
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