Francisco Navarro Garcia is one of Mexico's finest luthiers. In 1989 he won first place in a National competition that is held annually in Paracho, Mexico, and his reputation has grown steadily since then.
This is Navarro's best Smallman copy to date, his "Smallman Premium" model. In addition to his previous issue which featured the same internal structure (such as a criss-cross lattice bracing pattern) and aethetics (especially in the headstock shape and rosette pattern), this one also has the three piece back (layered with cocobolo, Indian rosewood, and cocobolo) and carbon fiber braces. It even features the contoured rosewood armrest on the lower bout. For the player on a budget looking for that huge Smallman sound, with enormous sustain and balance, this is a fantastic option for a high-quality, handmade concert classical guitar. Although a used instrument there are barely any signs of playing wear.