Manuel Contreras Guitarreria - Calle Mayor 80, Madrid.

  • Year:

    Believed to be 1980. Unsigned.

  • Body:

    Spanish cypress - very good-looking timber; straight-grained and mostly quarter-sawn. Simple purflings an rosewood bindings. All lacquer-finished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a good top with much medullary ray in the centre area, attractive geometric rosette and rosewood bridge with bone-framed tie-block cap.

  • Tuners:

    Traditional rosewood peg-head

  • Scale:

    66.5 cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut with 43.5 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1360 grams

  • Condition:

    In very good, attractive cosmetic order; much of the guitar surfaces looking like new, no doubt protected by the lacquer finish.
    The front has two string dings below the bridge; one on the E; one on the B string. The are about five short crack lines in the top surface; one each with the two string dings an three up on the upper bout edge. As far as can be seen - and on close inspection inside, these appear to be in the lacquer finish only and not in or through the wood.

  • Comments:

    The name Contreras needs no introduction of course thought his is a Contreras Guitarreria instrument i.e. made in the Contreras workshop; not by the hands of Manuel Contreras himself. Nevertheless it is a perfectly good, serviceable guitar with authentic flamenco character in both sound and lightweight feel. The action is suitably low at 3mm and 2.6mm for 6th & 1st strings and give the right amount of flamenco rattle; not too much. The sound is well-balanced with depth in bass and clear punch in the treble. If you are looking for a good Spanish-made flamenco on a budget, come on down.

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  • Price:
    Sold June 2013
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