2018 Sergio Valverde Castillo SP/CO
|Back & Sides||Cocobolo|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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This lovely instrument was carefully built with a keen eye to detail, with exacting craftsmanship and superb materials, particularly the stunning set of highly figured cocobolo with its dramatic interplay of reddish hartwood with the lighter, more yellow-ish sapwood - Sergio tastefully used this material for the back, sides, head veneer, bridge and tie block inlay, giving it a lovely, unified aesthetic. It has a solid, sturdy build, with sound that is surprisingly huge with a rich color palette, and a great deal of warmth, even for a spruce top. The tone is textured, with ample overtones yet excellent clarity and balance. The understated and yet very elegant design shows an appreciation for balance and proportion in the dimensions and shapes of the entire instrument. The rosette features a lovely repeated mosaic pattern of a nasrid star design (commonly seen in Andalusian architecture) which has two interlocked squares, one green, one red, enclosed in a black background which gives the instrument a clean, crisp look. Overall a beautifully made instrument by Granada's current top young new builder - as is indicated on the label of this guitar, Sergio Valverde was awarded first-prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain in October, 2017.Photos of this guitar being built.