Here we have guitar #30 from our celebration of Pepe Jr.‘s 200th guitar. Guitar #30 is rosewood and spruce and, as Pepe Jr. tells us, the spruce came from Miguel Rodriguez and may be as much as 100 years old. After Pepe Jr. and Sr., Pepe Sr. tell us about the guitar, Pepe Sr. plays an excerpt from the Aranjuez. The concert was recorded by Jon Connolly of Avid, and we used a lot of his video footage as well, so a big thank you to Jon for all his help.

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9 Responses to “Pepe Romero Jr. – Guitar #30”

  1. Can’t wait for the Capricho Árabe video!

  2. Enrique Guerrero says:

    Damn the Maestro is good!!! So so very good!!! He also gives awesome master classes.

  3. I enjoyed Pepe Sr’s playing, as always, and I think Pepe Jr is doing quite well with his passion as a guitar maker.

    My only suggestion is that he finish out some of his fine tuning methods with a visit to my shop, and enjoy an introduction to my experimental techniques that have been recognized as valid in today’s luthiery.

    With my ongoing studies of the Miguel Rodriguez 5 brace design for the past 35 years I believe that I could share some knowledge that would be beneficial for Pepe.

    This is offered with the ideal and spirit of sharing information with all builders who love the art, as all knowledge and information has some value.

  4. Garrett says:

    I would think that the advantage to getting a good sound from a thicker top would mean that it would also have good sustain. That is often not the case with tops that are thin.

    • Quite the contrary for those designs that operate quite well with thinner tops.

      The Reyes design works well with a long sustain on his flamenco guitars, and this is not an argument that classical guitars should have more sustain but that a longer sustain for flamenco guitars is not adversarial.

      However, I believe that there is some truth to the idea that thicker wood carries more music, but again, this is all in how a particular design works for the ideal thinner top.

      Thinner tops will generally pump more air and have greater projection value when they are designed for it. But we run into the hard aspects of getting everything tonally correct by using thinner tops.

      I believe this is what separates those who work with thicker tops and those who work with thinner tops. Everyone has his way of doing things.

  5. Joe Franklin says:

    Guitar Nr 30 has a remarkable ability to allow changing from one string to another without any change in its voice quality. I have played an earlier, Flamenco Guitar by Pepe Jr., and it was nice but not up to this particular guitar. Thanks for sharing this meteing with we, the public.

  6. Joe Franklin says:

    Address Correction

  7. Julio Reyes says:

    Pepe, jr ~ Your guitar sounds so alive. That’s the warmest sound I’ve heard from that kind of top.

    It’s great to see your dad play. My father, Carlos F. Reyes, was a student of a protege of Agustin Barrios and he was also friends with your grandfather, Celedonio. When I was 8 or 9 yrs. old, my dad took me to see your dad, uncles and grandfather play and we went backstage to say hello to them. My dad had me play for your dad, uncle and grandfather. I would love to speak with your dad when he comes to the Marin Civic Auditorium April 21st.

    Continued success, Pepe, jr.

  8. Sean Casey says:

    Such beautiful playing on a lovely guitar.

    Pepe is such a proud Papa I bet!


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