Ignacio Fleta of Barcelona

  • Year:

    1963 - number 297

  • Body:

    East Indian rosewood - nothing particularly remarkable about it; just normal stuff with fine purfling lines.
    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 some tie-block decoration of simplified design from the rosette central tiles.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero originals with white pearl buttons.

  • Scale:

    648mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    50 mm at the nut. (Many of the later ones had thick, wide necks which many people find just too heavy)

  • Weight:

    1705 grams

  • Condition:

    In extremely good condition for the year. No body repairs or cracks. It looks like the head joint has partly opened at one time and has been re-glued. It was recently stress-tested and is completely solid.
    The polish to back and sides looks original and untouched. The front polish also seems original, with some crazing - though I suspect the front polish may have been spirited over at some stage - not sure.
    The fingerboard was recently re-fretted.
    It is in perfectly good, concert playing condition.

  • 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 one 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 a spruce Fleta from this golden period is not so easy; particularly finding one in this really very good condition.

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  • Price:
    Sold July 2012
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