2016 German Vazquez Rubio "Concert 635" SP/MP
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German Vazquez Rubio (also known as G.V. Rubio) has been making guitars for over forty years and has developed his own signature sound that guitarists have come to love. He was born in 1952 in Paracho, Mexico where there is an abundance of fine luthiers (with few exceptions all of the finest guitars in Mexico come from Paracho). German's first formal training began at eleven years old when he left school to help support his seven siblings and work for his uncle Manuel Rubio at his workshop. There even at his young age he made a conscious effort to make guitar building his life's work. In 1968 at the age of sixteen he made his first concert level guitar (hence his label reads 'desde 1968"). German has since been able to learn from many different master builders such as Felix Manzanero, Jose Romanillos and Thomas Humphrey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he builds a variety of both classical and flamenco models.
This is a beautiful concert instrument featuring several unique and striking design elements. Materials are very high quality and a pleasure to look at, including a perfectly quarter-sawn spruce top and flamed maple back and sides. Padauk is used in the binding, back center strip and tie block, framing the guitar beautifully with its contrasting deep-reddish hue. The meticulously layered headstock is in 4 pieces of maple and 3 pieces of Padauk (with rosewood front veneer), which "opens" elegantly into the neck, when viewed from behind. The top has an inner layer of half-herringbone purfling around the entire perimeter as well as in the inner and outer extremities of the rosette. To top it all off, there is a subtle use of blue in the rosette, barely noticeable with the naked eye, but definitely contributing to the unique look and feel of this instrument. The shellac finish is applied with a level of attention to detail and perfection found in very few makers. The sound is extremely responsive and open, with plenty of volume and character. The trebles are very clear and full, and the basses are deep with a nice bouncy response. Playability is a dream with very low action and shorter scale length. It is also fitted with a 20th fret for repertoire requiring a high c natural. Overall, a beautiful-sounding and intricately made concert guitar for a great price.