2009 Conde Hermanos "AF 25/R" SP/CSAR


Year: 2009 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 660 mm
Nut Width: 52 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06815


Conde Hermanos guitars have been the industry standard for Spanish flamencos for many decades now. Conde has been the guitar of choice for the vast number of great players for many generations from Nino Ricardo and Melchor de Marchena to Paco de Lucia (who has recorded and concertized for nearly his entire career on Conde), Moraito, Gerardo Nunez, Canizares, Rafael Riqueni and the present generation's Diego del Morao and many others. Click here to see a small sampling of such performances. They are famously known for a dry, "woody" and very firm tone, capable of retaining clarity and punch even when driven to the extreme limits of speed - whether in picado, tremolo or rasguedo techniques - these guitars can hold up and deliver a reliable and consistent quality of tone.

This model is a "negra" which of course was popularized by Paco de Lucia after he began playing and recording on one in 1969, but these also been picked up and played by countless other flamencos since. This particular instrument was originally custom-built so it has several notable features - the body size/shape is based on the slightly smaller blanca (A26) produced by the shop at this time, it has a 660mm scale length and it is fitted with the rosette and bridge details that were normally only used for the 1953 "re-issue" model. It has a driving, aggressive quality that makes it the ideal solo instrument for concert settings or the recording studio. Workmanship is the usual very high standard for this maker, very clean, precise and with a refined aesthetic, including the instantly recognizable and now iconic "media luna" headstock shape, which has become the symbol of the Conde name for over half a century. Although "used" it is in like-new condition.

Luthier bio: Felipe Conde and the Conde history

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