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We have our first guitar coming from Granada luthier Juan Miguel Carmona. Juan Miguel is from Granada and part of the Carmona family that includes Pepe Habichuela, Juan Habichuela, Josemi Carmona and the Ketama guys, and he’s been making guitars in Granada for 40 years now. Our first guitar from him is a spruce and rosewood classical, and you can see photos here of the guitar being built in Granada. The second gallery of photos is of players playing Juan Miguel’s guitars, including Josemi Carmona, Juan Habichuela, Pepe Romero, Ramon de Algeciras (Paco de Lucia’s brother) and Sabicas. The videos are of our friend Vicente Coves in Juan Miguel’s shop in Granada trying out the guitar right after it was finished. The guitar should be here next week.
I’ve been in touch quite a bit with Graciliano Perez, from Cordoba, who will be sending us some guitars soon. Graciliano was recently in Granada hanging out with our friend Vicente Coves and with Maestro Pepe Romero, and he brought along a new guitar he had just finished for Vicente Amigo – a rosewood and cedar flamenco – and Vicente Coves was kind enough to record himself playing it for us. Vicente Amigo picked up the guitar today and said he might record a video of himself playing it, too, at some point, so I’m really looking forward to hearing that. Vicente Coves is a classical player, so it’s kind of interesting to hear him play a flamenco, and it’ll be great to then hear it played by Vicente Amigo.
Normally we have guitars here that are on their way to GSI, but this time we have a guitar that has just arrived in Granada for our friend Vicente Coves in Granada. Vicente is a very accomplished guitarist, student of Pepe Romero’s and a huge fan of Pepe Jr.’s guitars even though he lives in the city that probably has more guitar makers per capita than any other.
This is Pepe’s 206th guitar and Vicente is going to record his first impressions and send us some audio of how the guitar sounds when he first gets it and once it’s been played a bit. Click on the photos to see them bigger and look for more photos in part 2.
This one’s for the Spanish speakers out there, sent to me by our friend Vicente Coves – Pepe Romero talking about being intimidated by the difficulty of the piece Rodrigo had written for him, ‘Concierto Para Una Fiesta’. He even thought Rodrigo had made a mistake on the tempo marking since it seemed too fast. But Rodrigo told him that the tempo was right – he had written it especially for Pepe – so Pepe had no choice but to learn it.