2015 Francisco Barba SP/CY
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What one first notices when looking at this blanca is how visually stunning it is. It features many unique and lovely details including some beautiful inlay work, consisting of an alternating red/green motif in the rosette - the central mosaic being a sequence of red roses with green stems and leaves. This red/green color combination is also used in the tie-block, purflings in back and sides, and even in the head veneer layers, all of which compliments the immediately identifiable and bold headshape. A very striking look overall.
Tone is fat and balanced with a lot of punch, volume and flamenco edge. In other words - a very powerful and lively Andalusian flamenco guitar by every measure. Playability is a breeze - it has an easy and sleek neck with low flamenco action and just the right amount of "sizzle" which adds to the authentic southern Spanish flamenco sound. This is a top concert instrument for any professional flamenco setting - whether on stage or in studio. Although second-hand, the guitar is in excellent condition with only some very minor playing wear in the finish. We acquired this guitar from Luis Mariano of Granada, Spain - one the top players in the region. Overall a great guitar that's been broken in beautifully, in great shape by one of Spain's living legends of flamenco guitar construction.