1929 Domingo Esteso SP/CSAR
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This guitar was made by Domingo Esteso, who along with fellow worker Santos Hernandez (from the Manuel Ramirez shop), was one of the greatest makers of the twentieth century. This guitar is one of the fancier models from Esteso, most noticeably with rosette and purfling that are of very fine quality. Indeed, Esteso's great-nephew, Felipe Conde has model his Centenario model
on these details. As striking as it appears, sound is also exquisite. It has a very clean, clear and pure quality to the sound, a very strong fundamental with very controlled overtones, and a very natural, "woody" quality of sound, very stylish, refined and alluring. The rich, played-in quality of sound is something that can only be found in an instrument of this vintage. In the hands, it feels very expressive and responsive to the most subtle of changes in the players touch. The sound is absolutely magical from the bottom-end to the highest registers. A very fine example from one of the greatest luthiers of the early 20th century.
Luthier Bio: Domingo Esteso and the Conde dynasty