1938 Santos Hernandez SP/CSAR
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Santos Hernandez is quickly joining the ranks of Torres and Hauser I in terms of collectibility and historical importance. Santos became a very established maker early in his career when he became known as the builder of the Manuel Ramirez guitar of 1912 that was owned and played by Segovia. Many others have played his instruments, including Regino Sainz de la Maza (for whom the Concierto de Aranjuez was written) and the Romero family. This particular guitar, built in 1938, is a gorgeous example of Santos’ work, with beautiful materials and superb craftsmanship. The guitar features some finer decorative elements, including lovely inlays in the tie-block as well as some beautiful rope-patterned purfling, which frames the rosette and encloses the binding. Condition is excellent – there is one hairline crack in the back that has a very old and stable repair. Finish is original. Tone is warm yet clear, balanced and focused. This is also one of the more powerful Santos we have seen. Players for the past 100 years have valued these instruments for their charming, introspective tone and this instrument is a wonderful example, displaying these qualities beautifully.