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2019 Mario Aracama SP/KA

Year 2019
Top Spruce
Back & Sides Kamagong
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Spain
Luthier Mario Aracama
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Description

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - a beautiful spruce top with plenty of cross-grain silk, and back & sides of Kamagong, which Mario sourced from the Philippines. This is a fascinating wood - its appearance is almost like a hybrid between CSA rosewood and Makassar ebony with its strong striped features fused with lighter sapwood highlights. For sound Mario describes it as adding a bit of extra power due to it's higher density, as well as a "velvety" character to the sound. The top is braced with 5 widely fanned struts with a thin bar underneath the bridge area. Sides are doubled with cypress on the interior for added rigidity adding increased power and focus to every note. Fingerboard is ebony, neck is cedar. Every Aracama guitar has a different and unique aesthetic - Mario enjoys designing rosettes and purfling to complement the visual qualities of the timbers selected for top, back and sides, so that the entire guitar has a unified wholeness unto itself. This guitar is a pleasure to play. It has a friendly responsiveness to it - an immediate but not harsh attack, and a velvety (as Mario also described it), full quality of sound. It has a lovely palette of timbral colors with the slightest changes in right hand position. Basses are deep, trebles are thick and rich with great clarity between all voices. Playability is very comfortable for both hands. Overall a great guitar for the player seeking a charming, traditional instrument full of Spanish character.

Photos taken during construction.

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2019 Mario Aracama SP/KA

Sergio Assad's "Seis Brevidades: III. Feliz" played by Evan Taucher on a 2019 Mario Aracama SP/KA

Guitars by Mario Aracama