José Luis Romanillos - at Fontmell Magna, Dorset

  • Year:

    1972 - series 400, number 407, Labelled, dated, numbered and signed by the maker on the underneath the front as well as on the label.

  • Body:

    Very beautiful rosewood with fine double-line purfling to the sides and fine-detailed, feather back centre-strip, heel-cap and purfling.
    Body length:- 482 mm.
    Top bout:- 275 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
    Waist:- 229 mm
    Bottom bout:- 358 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    High quality European spruce carrying the famed arches rosette, rosewood bridge with tie-block decoration that echoes the purfling pattern. Liam Romanillos advises that the moorish arches rosette was first used in 1972.

  • Tuners:

    Lansdorfer tuners with Hauser-shaped side-plates, set on a head faced with dark rosewood. This guitar was one of the first to have the well-known headshape; the same as it still is today.

  • Scale:

    647mm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    51mm at the nut with 44 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1485 grams

  • Condition:

    In original, very well cared-for condition. No cracks, no repairs and no re-polishing - though the polish all over the instrument is substantially crazed ... but with a pattern that is in a strange way, appealing.

  • Comments:

    Made just a few months before the famous 1973 Romanillos that was extensively played by Julian Bream, this is a fine example of the 400 series which were based upon a 1950 Hauser. It has the famed moorish arches rosette and the head crest shape that became a fixture in the Romanillos design to this day.
    The sound is very well-balanced, with a full bass (F# air resonance) and clear, singing treble. The sustain is impressive, it projects well and seems to offer a lot of tonal variety.
    A very fine example in lovely condition.

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  • Price:
    Sold April 2014.
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