Francisco Simplicio of Paseo San Juan 110, Barcelona

  • Year:

    1926 - number 119. Labelled, signed, dated and numbered by the maker.

  • Body:

    Beautiful Brazilian rosewood, dark in colour, straight-grained sides and more curved on the back. With wide, multiple-line purfling to the back and sides with rosewood bindings.
    Body length:- 473mm.
    Top bout:- 273 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    Waist:- 232 mm & 98 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 350 mm wide & 95 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    Book-matched, European spruce carrying one of Simplicio's most lovely rosettes, rosewood bridge with highly-decorated tie-block capping and detailed purfling that echoes the outer ring pattern of the rosette.

  • Tuners:

    Originals from the 1920's with engraved side-plates and mother-of-pearl buttons mounted on ebony head-facing with the well-known Simplicio carving.

  • Scale:

    65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    51mm at the nut with 43.5 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1482 grams

  • Condition:

    Because of the relatively high humidity in Barcelona, it is quite challenging to find Simplicos without cracks and repairs. This one has had moderate repair as follows:-
    The Brazilian rosewood back had visible grain line cracks - now made good, they are flat and barely visible.
    The sides are in near-perfect condition - just very small shrinkage crack-line at the widest point of the body where are the ends of the main back bar.
    The front has a spliced and cleated crack repair from sound-hole to the bottom - very well done. Also one tight-closed crack from bridge to bottom in line with the 6th string.
    Tight up to the sides of the fingerboard are the very common shrinkage cracks - tight closed and harmless.
    The neck, head and tuners are all original and in good playing condition. On close inspection, the fingerboard has been widened, a very long time ago, from its width when first made likely for a player with small hands.
    The guitar is in full-playable condition and sounds lovely.

  • Comments:

    Francisco Simplicio was one of the great, early 20th century Barcelona makers. He made many heavily-decorated instruments as well as a Torres model like his mentor Enrique Garcia.
    This one is a tastefully-decorated one with lovely timbers and sound character that is typical Simplicio i.e. with a deep bass (air resonance around F#), a warm rich mid-range and a sweet, nicely-sustaining treble.
    Lovely to look at, comfortable to play and with a lovely sound palette, this is a really lovely guitar.

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  • Price:
    Sold August 2020
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