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2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top" CD/CSAR

Year 2005
Top Cedar
Back & Sides CSA Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Spain
Luthier Manuel Contreras
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Description

The Contreras Double-Top is perhaps his best-known and most sought-after design. Several players have performed on this model since the 1980's, including the Romeros. The name "double-top" is actually a slight misnomer: in Spanish "tapa" means "cover" and actually refers to an additional piece of wood that is "covering" the inside of the back. So in reality, the back (not the top) is doubled-up, with the hardwood exterior and additional tone-wood interior (this cedar top model therefore has a piece of cedar lining the inside of the back). So while there are two tops, they are not adjacent. This is in line with the Madrid school of using double sets of wood - Ramirez line the sides of the 1a with cypress and Teodoro Perez of course uses double rosewood sides on some of his models. This guitar is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs, only some modest finish wear, mainly in the top. It is extremely powerful with a very dense, yet warm sound. A very solid concert instrument, perfectly suited for the concert stage and any type of ensemble situation. 

Videos

2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top" CD/CSAR

Joaquín Rodrigo's "Adagio" by Alexander Milovanov & Nikita Korshunov on Ramirez & Contreras

2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top" CD/CSAR

Juan Sorroche's "Canto De Sirenas" by Jose Luis Puerta on a 2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top"

2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top" CD/CSAR

Valdir Azevedo's "Brasileirinho" by Alexander Milovanov & Nikita Korshunov on Ramirez & Contreras

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