José Oribe of California

  • Year:

    1978. 'Calidad Suprema'. Labelled, stamped, dated and signed by the maker.

  • Body:

    Brazilian rosewood - with an A10 certificate issued by the UK authorities in 2016 for the pre-convention Brazilian rosewood. ; mainly straight-grained except for the widest parts of the back, with single boxwood purfling to back and sides.
    Body length:- 492 mm.
    Top bout:- 293 mm wide & 96 mm deep.
    Waist:- 243 mm & 101 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 370 mm wide & 101 mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a well-quarter-sawn top with plenty of medullary rays showing throughout. The rosette and purfling reminds of 1960's Madrid. Rosewood bridge with tie-block decoration matching the rosette central tiles.

  • Tuners:

    Schaller with white perloid buttons, mounted on a rosewood-faced head.

  • Scale:

    647mm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut

  • Weight:

    1680 grams

  • Condition:

    This instrument is in extremely good condition and at a glance, looks like new, partly aided through the varnish / lacquer that the maker has perfected.
    The back, sides, head and neck have very few marks. The front has a few very small marks in the finish; virtually nothing for a guitar of more than 35 years.

  • Comments:

    The reputation of this maker for precise, high quality craftsmanship is thoroughly deserved; every element being really accurate and very well finished.
    To me, the feel and sound is Madrid in style; the design and appearance also. The basses are crisp and focussed; the trebles, bright, clear and sustaining. It is also noticeably easy and comfortable to play. The 64.7cm scale helps in this regard as does the pleasing neck profile a low action.
    The guitar has an A10 certificate issued by the UK authorities in 2016 for the pre-convention Brazilian rosewood - can therefore be legally exported; including USA, with a re-export permit.
    A fine example from this much-admired US maker.

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  • Price:
    Sold November 2016.
    + 44 (0) 1732 453 523 Contact via Email

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