2013 Juan Miguel Carmona SP/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||654 mm|
|Nut width||53 mm|
This guitar was made by Granada luthier Juan Miguel Carmona, who is part of the Carmona family of professional flamenco players that includes Pepe Habichuela, Juan Habichuela, Josemi Carmona and the pop flamenco group "Ketama". Additionally, his father, Agustin Carmona is famously known as the best guitar varnisher in Granada during the entire second half of the twentieth century. Juan Miguel has been making both classical and flamenco guitars in Granada for nearly 50 years and is the protege of the great builder Rafael Moreno Rodriguez, who has been his primary mentor and friend since the mid-1970's when he built his first guitar under Moreno's supervision. He has in recent years become influenced by Miguel Rodriguez of Cordoba and at the time this guitar was built, the system being used by Pepe Romero Jr. in his construction.
This flamenco is as vibrant as it looks, with its eye-catching red accents and headstock emblem (which is an artistic representation of the name "Carmona"). In the Granada spirit, it's a slightly more compact body design, and it's lightweight and therefore very fast responding and explosive even in the hands of a player with a lighter touch. Its playability and responsiveness are incredibly "flamenco" in feel, but it does have a great lyrical quality despite its snappy personality. The fit and finish of the guitar are extremely clean, and it features some very handsome materials including exquisite rosewood - not just used for the central wedge on the back but also for the head veneer (both front and back of headstock) and bridge. Although a used guitar, it is in excellent condition with only some modest wear in the finish. Overall a great-sounding and beautifully built guitar.