This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - this time Mario combined European spruce for the soundboard with a beautiful set of flamed mango from Indonesia for the back and sides - our first from him with this gorgeous wood combination. Unlike previous guitars he's built us, this guitar does not have doubled sides but instead uses single, but slightly thicker sides to achieve similar results in terms of sustain and clarity. This gives this guitar a much more lightweight feel, which improves responsiveness and ease of play, particularly for the right hand. Fingerboard is African rosewood, 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, 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.