Manuel Velazquez of New York

  • Year:

    1969 - signed underneath the front

  • Body:

    Rosewood - of beautiful quality, quarter-sawn and stright-grained - rare wood quality that is not easily found today.
    Top bout : 280 mm wide, 101mm deep.
    Bottom bout: 369 mm wide, 105mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce with the spectacular bearclaw / haselfichte that can be found on some of his instruments. Hauseresque rosette and rosewood bridge.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero. Lyre-ended design with engraved sideplates and synthetic pearl buttons.

  • Scale:


  • Neck Width:

    55 mm at the nut - wider than normal. 46 mm string spacing at the nut and 57.5mm string spacing at the bridge saddle. For those preferring more standard fingerboard dimensions, a nut with 44mm spacing would take it a long way there.

  • Weight:

    1619 grams

  • Condition:

    The instrument appears to be in original condition. With the exception of one crack (4.2cm) in the heel area in the rosewood back - as shown in the photo, there are no other repairs or cracks.
    In general the guitar has quite a lot of little marks from careless handling - nothing serious, just little bruises, nailmarks, string slips, nicks and knocks - much on the corner bindings, the sort of marks you get from colliding with music stands etc. Could of course be repolished.

  • Comments:

    The guitars of Manuel Velazquez need little introduction of course. Made at a time when he was at the peak of his powers, we wonder if this guitar, with its wider neck and deep body, was a special commission.
    The materials are of exceptional quality and for those that like bearclaw, it's about as spectacular as can be.
    The sound is typical, rounded, sweet, traditional - more to be said when action lifted up a bit and with new strings.

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  • Price:
    Sold June 2011
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