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), Eduardo Abreu, and the Romero family among others. This particular guitar, built in 1921, is a gorgeous example of Santos’ work, with beautiful materials and superb craftsmanship. The guitar features some finer decorative elements, including a lovely alternating red-green motif found in the rope-patterned purfling, which frames the rosette and encloses the binding. Condition is excellent – there are no cracks or repairs anywhere on this guitar, an exceptionally rare occurrence for a guitar of this vintage. Tone is warm yet clear, balanced and focused. Players for the past 100 years have valued these instruments for their charming, introverted quality of tone and this instrument is a wonderful example of Santos at his best.