1953 Manuel de la Chica "Coral" SP/PD (ex Pepe Romero)
|Back & Sides||Padauk|
|Scale Length||655 mm|
|Nut width||51 mm|
Like Santos and Barbero, Manuel de la Chica was at home building both classical and flamenco guitars, indeed his finer instruments have the flexibility of being played by either style. This is such an instrument, and it has a lyrical, singing quality to it yet at the same time can bite if pushed. It is very light in weight, and has piercing volume. It is in excellent condition for its age - no cracks anywhere, however due to many years of regular use, it has had fresh finish work done to restore the original polish. For many years this has been owned by Pepe Romero. The wood for the back and sides is a beautiful Padauk (aka "Coral") which is rarely seen due to its scarcity. This is an exceptional instrument in every regard from this great builder.