Luis Fernandez de Cordoba is a Panamanian born luthier, who started building guitars in 2000. Although he began constructing and repairing acoustic guitars of all styles, it wasn’t until 2009 that he dedicated himself exclusively to the world of classical and flamenco. Whole-heartedly inspired by the traditional Spanish method of construction, Luis has spent a great deal of time admiring the great masters of the past like Antonio de Torres, Santos Hernandez, Hermann Hauser I, Manuel Velazquez, José Romanillos, and Robert Bouchet. He also spent time apprenticing in Granada, Spain. On the US side of his studies, he has visited the workshops of Richard and Marshall Brune as well as Jeff Elliott, another of his inspirations.
This guitar is an excellent example of his style. Of all the time spent in dozens of workshops across the United States, Spain, Mexico and Argentina, his instruments (although traditional through and through) have taken on a very eclectic style as a result of these various influences. Perhaps the most notable feature is his use of the partial wooden tornavoz fitted inside the soundhole. This helps focus the sound in its outward projection (giving the guitar added power) as well as turning it back into the box making the back resonate more against the players body, helping to enhance the bond between instrument and player. The sound is rich and lush and we are pleased to be working with this fine young maker.