Manuel Reyes of Cordoba is considered to be the greatest and most sought-after contemporary flamenco builder in the world. For more than half a century he has been known for his superb workmanship and authentic Andalusian flamenco sound - he has always constructed his guitars in the heart of the old quarter of Cordoba, in the deep south of Spain. His guitars have been played by dozens of flamenco professionals internationally, perhaps most notably being Vicente Amigo and Paco Serrano. He's considered to be in the top tier of the elite 20th century builders - alongside Marcelo Barbero and Arcangel Fernandez.
This guitar is easy to play and has all the richness of sound for any kind of performing situation. The tone of this instrument is sweet, beautiful and lyrical while retaining the bite and energy of flamenco: when playing melodically, it sings like a human voice, but also awakens with a tremendous bark when pushed harder. The strong, voice-like trebles are balanced by it’s big low-end that is full but not boomy. As sweet as the tone is, it still has the aggressive response when pushed in the right direction - rasguedos in particular are quite explosive and powerful. Playability is super easy, with easy, soft action. It's a very lightweight instrument, very much in the style of the great mid-century flamencos. The smaller scale length in no way reduces the energy and power of the guitar - it's quite suprising just how much punch this guitar has for its size and weight.
Condition-wise, this is in excellent condition with one hairline crack on the bass side of the lower bout, expertly repaired. There is also a repaired area behind the bridge where a string ding appears to have happened. Excellent condition for a guitar from a vintage like this. This is for the most discriminating player or collector seeking an older Reyes in such great shape. This guitar is a remarkable and rare instrument from one of the legendary masters of the craft.