Enrique Sanfeliu was born in 1882 in Valencia, Spain and as a child built small "toy" guitars for his friends - tue sign of a promising future as a guitar maker. After hearing Tarrega play a concert in Valencia, he decided to devote his life to the guitar - not just as a player, but also as a maker. He later moved to Valencia where he worked in the workshop of Juan Estruch, and befriended Enrique Garcia, who shared his knowledge of lutherie with Sanfeliu. His instruments show the unmistakable influence of the later guitars of Enrique Garcia, as well as the instruments of his great protege - Francisco Simplicio - ornate marquetry, carved headstock, etc. are all present here in this instrument, built by his son Enrique Sanfeliu Jr. It has a beautiful, old-world sound, also reminscent especially of Simplicio - lyrical trebles and a dark, haunting and mysterious quality.
Perhaps the most famous player of Sanfeliu guitars was Agustin Barrios Mangore, whose famous Sanfeliu instrument bore his name in the headstock. This particular guitar was owned by the great Brazilian guitarist Marcelo Kayath, who used it for some recording and television work he did in the early 1980s. Documentation from Mr. Kayath is included with the instrument. There are some minor repairs that were carried out to the guitar during Mr. Kayath's ownership, all done by his friend the great guitarist and luthier Sergio Abreu. This is a very fine, rare, collectible and playable instrument by one of the great Barcelona masters of the twentieth century.