2005 John Ray SP/IN
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John Ray is one of the best young luthiers working in Granada, Spain. His guitars are very much in the "Granada" style - small-bodied, lightweight, easy to play and very responsive with many nuances and colors of sound. This classical model has a spruce top with Indian rosewood for the back and sides. The entire guitar is French polished. For a small bodied instrument, the guitar has suprising volume and a beautiful, lyrical tone. The low weight helps to create a very quick responding instrument, much like a Marin or even a Miguel Rodriguez. The spruce top is brighter and more focused than the cedar, although both retain a light, playful personality. Aesthetically, the guitar has an elegant simplicity which is very tasteful and refined - reminiscent of some of the most charming second epoch guitars of Torres.