Francisco Simplicio


Year: 1928 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Satinwood Scale Length: 650 mm
Nut Width: 50 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06873


Francisco Simplicio, the sole pupil and successor of Enrique Garcia, was known not only for the beautiful tone of his instruments, but also for his exquisite workmanship and use of extravagant ornamentation. The ornate purfling and rosette detailing are immediately recognizable features of this maker’s work. He is also known for the heavily and beautifully engraved headstocks. This guitar we offer here is a fine example of this maker at his best.

The famous 'sound' of Simplicio is perhaps the most unique of the great makers of the twentieth century - it has a very "old-world" charm, and players of these guitars often remark how they are transported psychologically to another world when playing a Simplicio. The sound of this Simplicio is particularly magnificent - great depth to every note up the entire register with a big bottom-end and lyrical trebles. This effect is enhanced due to its being fitted with a wooden "tornavoz" - a conical tube attached to the soundhole, which adds a sonic boom to the bottom end and gives the trebles a brilliant clarity. In addition to the beautiful and ornate carving and inlay work, the materials are striking - most notably it is built from a set of gorgeous and rarely used satinwood for the back and sides. Overall, a highly desirable guitar from this famous builder.

Luthier Bio: Francisco Simplicio

Orfeo article on Simplicio