Although born in Jaen, luthier Antonio Raya Pardo has lived in Granada since childhood, and is now one of the most important names in the Granada school of guitar making. After establishing his own workshop in the early 1970s, he has since gone on to become a prolific maker. With nearly 600 guitars under his belt to date, Raya Pardo is certainly one of the more experienced luthiers alive today.
This guitar, a spruce top with gorgeous CSA rosewood back and sides (almost "Miguel Rodriguez Churchdoor-like" with its contrasting sap and heartwood), is a true beauty, in terms of both its elegant appearance and incredible tone. Materials and polish are top-notch, and the subtle, clean aesthetics make for a beautiful guitar, with a tasteful tieblock and tapered center-strip of figured maple down the back. The sound is truly impressive, crisp and loud with soulful Granada flair. Condition is excellent with only some mild playing wear in the finish. A very capable player's guitar, and a fantastic value.