1958 Hernandez y Aguado SP/IN


Year: 1958 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain


ITEM: 03365


Manuel Hernandez (1895-1975) and Victoriano Aguado (1897-1972) met and became friends while working together in a piano factory. They eventually formed a partnership and set up their own piano (and furniture) repair shop in Madrid where they also built the occassional guitar. As legend has it, their great interest in the art of guitar making took off sometime in the 1940’s when they leased out some space in their shop to Modesto Borreguero (one of the famed Manuel Ramirez workers) after becoming intrigued with his guitar making skills. Their instruments remain unique in the canon of great makers – they have an almost pear-like shape (or as we say, the plantilla is "pregnant at the hips"), the interior is typically varnished just like the exterior, and they are decorated with unusually thin rosettes. The sound of this guitar is just as distinctive as its appearance. The initial attack of the note is "snappy", almost like snare-drum, while the body of the note, which follows, is airy and lightweight, but very full and "broad-shouldered" at the same time. Although built in 1958, this guitar has enormous power for its time - it holds up easily against some of the louder guitars being made today, while retaining an old-world, charming quality of sound at the same time. Both highly collectible and desirable to the serious performer, this is a world-class instrument by any standard.

A hardshell case is included with this guitar.

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