1927 Francisco Simplicio SP/MH
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, the sole pupil and successor of Enrique Garcia, was known not only for the beautiful tone of his instruments, but also for his exquisite workmanship and use of extravagant ornamentation. The ornate purfling and rosette detailing are immediately recognizable features of this maker’s work. He is also known for the heavily and beautifully engraved headstocks. This guitar we offer here is a fine example of this maker at his best.
The famous 'sound' of Simplicio is perhaps the most unique of the great makers of the twentieth century - it has a very "old-world" charm, and players of these guitars often remark how they are transported psychologically to another world when playing a Simplicio. The sound of this Simplicio is particularly magnificent - great depth to every note up the entire register with a big bottom-end and lyrical trebles. This effect is enhanced due to its being fitted with a "tornavoz" - a conical tube attached to the soundhole, which adds a sonic boom to the bottom end and gives the trebles a brilliant clarity. The guitar is in almost perfect condition - with only a small amount of play wear and nothing more. Playability is also superb, thanks to a recent re-fret and setup by Yuris Zeltins. With the exception of the frets, it is in entirely original condition, and even comes in its original case which is in itself a work of art - these are rarely seen these days with these older instruments. In addition to the beautiful and ornate carving and inlaywork, the materials are striking - most notably it is built from a set of gorgeous quilted mahogany for the back and sides. Overall, a highly desirable guitar from this famous builder.
Luthier Bio: Francisco Simplicio
Orfeo article on Simplicio