1932 Domingo Esteso SP/CY


Year: 1932 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Cypress Scale Length: 656 mm
Nut Width: 51 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Very Good
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06701


From the Russell Cleveland collection. Featured on pages 86-87 of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."


This peghead flamenco guitar was made by Domingo Esteso, who along with fellow worker Santos Hernandez (from the Manuel Ramirez shop), was one of the greatest makers of the first half of the twentieth century. Even by modern standards today, the volume of this instrument is plentiful, and the loose, woody, and played-in sound is something that can only be found in an instrument of this vintage. The sound is absolutely magical from the bottom-end to the highest registers. It can be caressed to draw out a beautiful, singing lyricism but when pushed just right it growls as an old world flamenco. Condition wise it has several well-repaired cracks to the body and has been refinished - fortunately despite the work done, it still retains its authentic sound and plays well. One curious detail is the inclusion by a previous owner of a fading photograph of Ramon Montoya which is glued to the inside back, just below the label. This guitar is a great piece of flamenco history and we hope its future owner draws the same inspiration from it as its predecessors clearly have.

Luthier bio: Felipe Conde and the Conde history starting with Domingo Esteso

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