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In Stock - SKU: GUCLARA-07264B - Mario Aracama

2022 Mario Aracama SP/AR

Year 2022
Top Spruce
Back & Sides African Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Spain
Condition New
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Luthier Mario Aracama
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$8,500.00

Description

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - an aged European spruce top, perfectly quatersawn with plenty of visible cross-grain silk. The back & sides are a dramatic set of African rosewood with beautiful, swirling grain patterns. It has 5 fan struts with a bar underneath the bridge saddle. Sides are lined internally with cypress, similar to the great Madrid-concert guitars first flagshipped by Jose Ramirez in the 1960s. This double-sided system helps focus the vibrating parts of the guitar mostly to the soundboard, producing improved volume and projection, as well as a warmer sound emanating from the box. As we've said many times, 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, 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 firm and clear. 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.
Description
Mario Aracama in his workshop

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - an aged European spruce top, perfectly quatersawn with plenty of visible cross-grain silk. The back & sides are a dramatic set of African rosewood with beautiful, swirling grain patterns. It has 5 fan struts with a bar underneath the bridge saddle. Sides are lined internally with cypress, similar to the great Madrid-concert guitars first flagshipped by Jose Ramirez in the 1960s. This double-sided system helps focus the vibrating parts of the guitar mostly to the soundboard, producing improved volume and projection, as well as a warmer sound emanating from the box. As we've said many times, 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, 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 firm and clear. 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.
Background
Mario Aracama with a chisel
Currently living and building in Granada, Spain, luthier Mario Aracama became captivated with the guitar at an early age and while living in England, decided to become a luthier, subsequently attending Guildhall University. There, he graduated in Musical Instrument Technology, specializing in traditional classical and flamenco guitars under the tutelage of David Whiteman. In 2003 he relocated to Granada where he learned further from Antonio Marin. In the following years he has enjoyed a fruitful exchange of ideas with his friends Michael Ritchie and Jose Vigil, which has also influenced his style. True to the Granada aesthetic, Mario builds a light and vibrant instrument, based on the Torres tradition. Mario was a finalist in the the first Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition held in Granada in 2017.

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