1959 Viuda y Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso (Conde Hermanos) SP/CY
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The label on this guitar is signed "Conde Hermanos"
and was built during the final year of the "second epoch" of this guitar-making dynasty established by Domingo Esteso in 1915. It was about this time when the two nephews of Esteso (Mariano and Faustino Conde) admitted their third and youngest brother Julio Conde into the workshop to continue the family tradition. Among the guitarists who played the guitars of this era are Regino Sainz de la Maza, Alirio Diaz, Quintin Esquembre, Manolo de Huelva and many more. This is a great instrument built by the Conde brothers. It is light as a feather, and has the famously dry, "woody" and loose tone associated with their best instruments from this period. It is very raspy and lively and capable of retaining clarity and punch even when driven to the extreme limits of speed - whether in picado, tremolo or rasguedo techniques. It has very easy and low action, and a slender neck making playability a breeze. Condition is excellent with only one hairline crack (repaired) on the side of the fingerboard. This is a great blanca from one of the most exciting periods of Spanish guitar making history.
Luthier bio: Felipe Conde and the Conde history