1979 Vicente Camacho SP/CSAR
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Vicente Camacho was born in Madrid in 1928, making his early living in cabinet making - always an auspicious profession for one ultimately destined to be a guitar maker. He apprenticed with Modesto Borreguero (one of the workers in the Manuel Ramirez shop, along with Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso) from 1952 to 1960, when he set up his shop at calle Amparo, 3 in 1960.
This guitar is a beautiful example of a guitar built in the early 20th century Madrid style (Manuel Ramirez era - up to c. 1916) that was actually built in 1979 - the post-Jose Ramirez III period (where guitars were largely heavier - with double sides or double backs, cedar tops, and typically long scale). Of course this smaller-bodied, more lightly-built type of instrument has in the past 20 years resurfaced and become one of the leading styles preferred by guitarists today - but it was a style never abandoned by Vicente Camacho, as this instrument attests. It has a warm, lyrical quality to the upper registers and very open but clear basses. It has plenty of volume for any recital or concert venue and plays like a dream - very loose and easy on both hands.