The late Gerundino Fernandez (1931-2006), is considered by many to be one of the best flamenco builders of the latter half of the twentieth century, along with Arcangel Fernandez and Manuel Reyes. His guitars have been played by many top players, most notably Paco Pena, Paco del Gastor, Tomatito, Juan Martin and even Eric Clapton.
This cedar blanca with pegs has a fast response and a big, woody, traditional flamenco sound. More precisely, the tone is clear and focused with a slightly dark texture - "Andalusian" in character – not surprising as Gerundino himself lived and built in the city of Almeria: birthplace and home of Antonio de Torres and the modern Spanish guitar.
This instrument was initially owned (as indicated by a second dedication label inside the guitar) to a friend of Gerundino's named "El Chipi". It has 3 repaired (cleated internally) cracks on the bass side of the soundboard, back and sides are crack-free. Several years ago Yuris Zeltins re-worked the top cracks and replaced the golpeadors with striking ones in black. The inspiration came from Yuris having seen a 1971 Miguel Rodriguez cedar blanca peghead, also with original black tap plates. It plays great - the extremely lightweight build give it a very explosive attack, it has a big, raspy sound. Very similar to the famous sound of Paco Pena, who famously played a cedar blanca peghead Gerundino from this same era. Overall, a wonderful concert guitar of a great vintage for the serious flamenco player and collector.