For performers and collectors alike, the name Ignacio Fleta (1897-1977) ranks among the elite handful of 20th century luthiers. His colorful guitar-making career spanned nearly half a century and his legacy has continued to the present day, with the instruments of his two sons Gabriel and Francisco, and now grandson Gabriel Jr. Countless scores of the finest players in the world have played his instruments (the most notable champions would be Andres Segovia and John Williams).
This instrument from 1968 was built during Fleta's great cedar period. The sound is absolutely magical, powerful and rich. It has unusually good separation of voices even when playing chordal passages. Balance is perfect, and it has a haunting, mysterious and dark sound, with substantial power. One of its most remarkable characteristics is its superb sustain in virtually every register. The condition of the guitar is great - it has no cracks and only signs of playing wear, mostly superficial nicks and scratches on the surface of the body, and is still coated in its original varnish, although it has had an overcoat of shellac (on the top only) at some point. Tuners have also been replaced with Rodgers - the plates are modeled after the Fustero's that would have originally been on it. It is in exceptional playing condition (having had a recent re-fret with slightly larger frets). This is certainly a fine example from one of the greatest luthiers of 20th century. A very desirable instrument for both collector and performer.