Manuel Contreras of Calle Mayor 80, Madrid.

  • Year:

    1980. Labelled, signed and dated by Manuel G Contreras.

  • Body:

    Beautiful, dark rosewood, mainly quarter-sawn, with single boxwood purflings. The rosewood back is lined with spruce (not a doble tapa design with a cavity between the two backs) but a lined back. The sides are single thickness rosewood.
    The body appears to be all nitro or lacquer finish.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a good-looking top with even grain spacing, just broadening out at the edge. The front has five fans struts - the centre one is straight and the two either side are curved. Manuel Contreras was a great innovator whilst at the same time respecting tradition. A typical Madrileno rosette and bone-framed, rosewood bridge carrying the same rosette tiles as the rosette.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero lyre pattern with engraved brass side-plates and perloid buttons

  • Scale:

    65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut with 43.5 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1810 grams

  • Condition:

    In excellent cosmetic order; most of the guitar surfaces looking like new, no doubt protected by the lacquer finish.
    There is one 3cm rosewood grain crack, right down at the tail block, just on one side - nothing to be done.
    On the rosewood side, bass-side waist, it has been bumped and there is a parallel pair of un-repaired crack-lines, one 3.5cm, the other 7cm in length. It is more cosmetic than structural is is probably best left alone.
    There is one string ding below the 1st string.

  • Comments:

    Whilst not being sure of the correct descriptor of this model, it appears to be a high level model made by the master himself with very fine materials and decoration.
    The sound is certainly solid and strong with pleasing depth in the bass and middle, with a good singing treble.
    This guitar has not been played for many years but very shortly after a clean up and string change, it is producing some very good, rich sounds. At less than half the price of anything similar new out of Madrid, there is a bargain here waiting for someone.

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  • Price:
    Sold May 2013.
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