1960 Ignacio Fleta SP/CSAR
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For performers and collectors alike, the name Ignacio Fleta
(1897-1977) ranks among the elite handful of 20th century luthiers. His colorful guitar-making career spanned nearly half a century and his legacy has continued to the present day, with the instruments of his two sons Gabriel and Francisco, and now grandson Gabriel Jr. Countless scores of the finest players in the world have played these instruments, including Andres Segovia, John Williams, Angel Romero, Turibio Santos, Alirio Diaz and Marcelo Kayath to name just but a few.
In typical Fleta fashion for this period, this example from 1960 features a spruce soundboard. Interestingly, the sides are Indian rosewood and the back is of CSA rosewood - a much rarer option for Fleta. As expected, the sound is incredible - deep and complex with incredible dynamic range and balance. It also has a firmness in the fundamental which provides great projection in larger venues. Many players find the slender neck shapes on Fleta from this period to be his easiest to play - and this guitar is no exception - playability is easy on the hands, and can be played comfortably over many hours in a single sitting. The guitar does have some cracks (on the top only) that have been expertly repaired by Yuris Zeltins (using only 4 cleats, two splices and glue), but it is in otherwise original condition - including all thicknesses (no sanding), and Fleta's famous varnish from 1960. This is a great sounding and playing guitar from Fleta's golden 'spruce' era - players like Segovia and Williams were concertizing and recording on Fleta instruments from this very period, making this sound one of the most beloved and cherished to modern admirers and aficionados of the classical guitar.
Luthier Bio: Ignacio Fleta