2009 Antonio Marin Montero SP/SW
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Antonio Marin is considered to be the foundational builder of the Granada school – many builders from around the world have come to Granada to work with and learn from this great maker. He has built some of the most iconic classical and flamenco instruments over the past several decades and to this day continues in his workshop alongside his nephew, Jose Marin Plazuelo.
This guitar was built with an absolutely striking set of satinwood for the back and sides. This is a very dense wood, very hard and reflective so produces a tone with added bite, much like a negra. However at the thickness this was made, it also behaves and vibrates much like a blanca, so it makes for a very interesting and satisfying flamenco all around. Typical of Marin's guitars, it has a nice quick, bouncy responsiveness, a characteristic found in the best of the southern Spanish instruments. Setup is comfortable and low making playability a breeze. A monster flamenco built by one of the great living Spanish legends.
Orfeo Magazine #8 - The Granada School