The Contreras II "1a Especial" was constructed with the highest quality materials available, including gorgeous rosewood and quarter-sawn German spruce. This guitar has a big bold sound that can fill any concert hall and has been used by many performing musicians for concierto work with orchestra. Playability is excellent due to a very thin, flat back neck. It has excellent clarity and great warmth, typical of the best guitar makers from the Madrid school since the 1950s. Although used this instrument is in great shape with only a bit of wear in the soundboard, and a small ding behind the bridge.