2020 Francisco Barba SP/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||656 mm|
|Nut width||53 mm|
What one first notices when looking at this blanca is how visually stunning it is. It features many unique and lovely details starting with the rosette - which includes a star-shaped mosaic design found in much of the old Moorish tile work in Seville and other neighboring Andalucian towns - indeed this was also a design favored greatly by another of southern Spain's great workshops - that of Miguel Rodriguez in Cordoba. The subtle red and black patterning on either side of the rosette is matched in the top purfling which compliments the immediately identifiable and bold headshape. A very striking look overall.
Tone is fat and balanced with a lot of punch, volume and flamenco edge. In other words - a very powerful and lively Andalusian flamenco guitar by every measure. Playability is a breeze - it has an easy and sleek neck with low flamenco action and just the right amount of "sizzle" which adds to the authentic southern Spanish flamenco sound. The guitar is also light as a feather - absolutely in line with the best flamencos made by Barbero, Arcangel and even Santos. This is a top concert instrument for any professional flamenco setting - whether on stage or in studio. Although second-hand, the guitar is in excellent condition with only a tiny amount of wear in the finish.