1976 Manuel Reyes SP/CY


Year: 1976 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Cypress Scale Length: 655 mm
Nut Width: 52 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 05896


Manuel Reyes of Cordoba is considered to be the greatest and most sought-after contemporary flamenco builder in the world. He is 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. His waitlist for new instruments has for years been closed due to its enormous size.

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 bite when pushed hard. 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 action less than 3mm, and about 2mm at the saddle to adjust if ever needed. Absolutely no bow in the neck, not a single issue.

Condition-wise, this is essentially a "new" guitar in near-mint condition, but from a desirable vintage. This is for the most discriminating player or collector seeking a Reyes in near perfect condition with no flaws - impossible these days unless you can find a new one. This guitar is a true masterpiece, a truly remarkable and rare instrument in such fine condition.

Luthier Bio: Manuel Reyes

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