2018 Felipe Conde Crespo "Blanca" w/pegs SP/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||664 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
This is a great concert "blanca" flamenco from Felipe Conde Crespo (aka Felipe Conde Jr.), who along with his sister Maria are the new generation of Conde builders in a family tradition that has just celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2015. Like the flamenco guitars of his father, this based on the same dimensions and proportions as the Condes made famous by several generations of top players in Spain and around the world. It has a driving, aggressive quality that makes it the ideal solo instrument for concert settings or the recording studio. Felipe's years of apprenticeship under the watchful eyes of his father guarantee that workmanship is the usual very high standard from this shop, very clean, precise and with a refined aesthetic, not just in the beautiful rosette but also by the classic media luna head shape. Materials are top quality, with an aged spruce soundboard and gorgeous set of cypress for the back and sides. Fitted with "machined" pegs for an old-school look but with easy ability to quickly tune with no slippage. Sound is big, raspy and piercing, yet very balanced and clear at the same time. As is the case with his father's guitars, this instrument has great power in the tradition of the leading Madrid makers of the last 50 years, and it plays easily with a gracefully shaped neck. Although used it's in excellent shape with only slight and modest playing wear. Overall, a great modern Madrid guitar with a rich and full sound.
Felipe (hijo) and Maria Conde in Vanity Fair magazine