2018 Pepe Romero "Negra" CD/IR
|Back & Sides||Indonesian Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
|Luthier||Pepe Romero Jr.|
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And we agree. Additionally, it has the huge volume and extremely quick response famously found in the great Andalucian flamencos - particularly of Miguel Rodriguez. Since his 170th instrument, Pepe has adopted a reverse fan system (fans radiating from the bridge area, rather than from the soundhole) for his standard model after studying an early 1970's Rodriguez with this very system. Pepe feels this opens the instrument up, and gives it a unique distinctive quality of sound that appeals greatly to his sense of style. The instrument is very lightly built as was common with most mid-century flamencos. Playability is very easy with a smooth neck and large, rounded frets. The sound is thick and warm, yet very pure and separated, which is exceptional for a cedar top negra like this. One interesting detail is the use of a brass nut, which also adds an extra helping of clarity and brightness to the sound. Materials for this guitar are top-notch including a gorgeous set of Indonesian rosewood. Overall a great instrument by every standard.Orfeo Magazine No. 10 - West Coast Luthiers