Ignacio Fleta of Barcelona

  • Year:

    1961 - number 239. Labelled, dated and numbered by the maker.

  • Body:

    East Indian rosewood - straight-grained timber; just normal stuff with fine purfling lines.
    Body length:- 489 mm.
    Top bout:- 285 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    Waist:- 240 mm & 96 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 367 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - of clearly good quality with plenty of medullary figuring showing over the whole front. It has one of the famed Fleta rosette designs (much influence from Simplicio) and a dark rosewood bridge with tie-block decoration.

  • Tuners:

    Rodgers with engraved brass side-plates and white mother-of-pearl buttons. The original Fusteros, which have gear wear are also included.

  • Scale:

    65cm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    51.5 mm at the nut with 42mm string spacing. (Many of the later ones had thick, wide necks which many people find just too heavy)

  • Weight:

    1880 grams

  • Condition:

    It has one significant, un-repaired crack in the front below the bridge, treble-side. Other cracks are relatively insignificant, cosmetically or structurally.
    There is one tight, 3.5 cm shrinkage cracks either side of the fingerboard.
    Nothing to report on the sides, neck & head.
    The back has a pair of tight, 9 cm shrinkage cracks associated with the internal neck-block location. There is also one 9.5 cm crack down at the bottom of the back, bass-side of the centre strip.
    These are all old, stable and have no effect on sound or playability. Many of the Barcelona guitars like E. Garcia, Simplicio and Fleta are found with cracks perhaps because of higher humidity during building in that part of the world.

  • Comments:

    The early 1960's, when John Williams, Andres Segovia and many other fine performers had these instruments, is surely the most sought-after period for Ignacio Fleta guitars.
    This is another of the spruce guitars from a period before the maker started to work with Canadian cedar.
    It has a very clear, noble and refined character with a bass that is crisp and focussed with good fundamental depth, together with clarity, sustain and purity of treble. In good hands, these instruments can deliver magic sounds.
    Finding these spruce Fletas from the golden period is not so easy - and the sound of this one is really of the finest. (This is number 239 - the one John Williams played was 235)

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  • Price:
    Sold June 2016
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