Marcelino Lopez Nieto of Madrid

  • Year:

    1969 - number 545 (though in error the maker has written 445 under the front). Labelled, stamped, numbered and dated by the maker.

  • Body:

    Very attractive, dark rosewood - near quarter-sawn on the sides and back centre with colours from near red to dark brown and black. Fine, double line maple purflings to both back and sides.
    Shellac french polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce - a fine-grained, silky front which has developed a pleasing ambered colour with age. The rosette is very typical of Marcelino Lopez's lovely intricate patterns. Rosewood bridge with the usual bone-trimmed tie-block.

  • Tuners:

    Unrecognised make with patterned sideplates and butterfly-shaped buttons.

  • Scale:

    66cm - yet comfortable to play - with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut with 43 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1652 grams

  • Condition:

    This guitar is in good, original condition. In the rosewood, the shellac polish is sunk into the grain pores in some areas and on the back, there is an area, bottom bout bass side, that has some misting under the polish. With original nut, original bridge saddle and original frets. The front has numerous mild playing marks and scratches, a couple of string slip marks and string-changing marks. Much of the front polish is crazed.

  • Comments:

    Marcelino Lopez Nieto was making some of his very best guitars in this period. This is another good example in good condition. The sound is typical aristocratic Spanish, clear, bright and focussed with good sustain. I like very much the guitars of the individual artisans from Madrid of this period and find something particularly charming in this maker's work.

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  • Price:
    Sold January 2016
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