For performers and collectors alike, the name Ignacio Fleta (1897-1977) ranks among the elite handful of 20th century luthiers. His colorful guitar-making career spanned nearly half a century and his legacy has continued to the present day, with the instruments of his two sons Gabriel and Francisco, and now grandson Gabriel Jr. Countless scores of the finest players in the world have played these instruments, including Andres Segovia, John Williams, Angel Romero, Turibio Santos, Alirio Diaz, Marcelo Kayath among just a few.
This guitar from 1967 has a spruce soundboard with back and sides of CSA rosewood, which is a bit rare for Fleta as most of his instruments were built with Indian rosewood. As expected, the sound is incredible - deep and complex with great dynamic range and balance. In typical Fleta fashion, it has a haunting, mysterious and dark sound, with substantial power. It has unusually good separation of voices even when playing chordal passages. The condition of the guitar is great - it has no cracks and only very modest signs of playing wear. It is in exceptional playing condition - ready for recording studio or concert stage. This is certainly a fine example from one of the greatest luthiers of 20th century. A very desirable instrument for both collector and performer.