David Rubio is well known for his eclectic output of fine musical instruments – in addition to guitars, Rubio was a master craftsman of Baroque "period" instruments, including lutes, viols, cellos and harpsichords. He is arguably the most important guitar maker to emerge from England – his instruments were played by Julian Bream very early on, and late in his career, the 8-string "Brahms" model was popularized largely by Paul Galbraith and members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet. This particular instrument is an excellent example of his superior craftsmanship, featuring gorgeous materials including a stunning set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides and spruce top covered in bearclaw. The rosette has a floral motif, for which he was well-known, and tuners are Rodgers. The tone is thick and rich with incredible sustain, especially in the higher registers. It has excellent volume without being boomy, and therefore lends itself naturally to any kind of recital or concert situation. It also has the beauty and lyricism for which he is best known.
Of its prior owners, British guitarist Mark Ashford bought the guitar from the British guitarist and well-known author Graham Wade. Mark recorded 3 albums with it, including solo works on his "Sonata" CD (audio samples can be heard here), the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the first Vida Quartet CD (called "Love the Magician"). Mark also made many broadcasts on this guitar for the BBC and placed in several competitions with it including the GFA (2nd prize) and Alessandria (3rd prize). Despite the amount of professional playing that has been done with this instrument, condition remains excellent and all original with no repairs - only some finish touch up on the back of the neck (reportedly done by Paul Fischer) and typical but minor playing wear, and a couple of dings behind the bridge.
This is a Rubio that has it all - excellent provenance, condition, beauty of sound, materials and craftsmanship. We consider this instrument both a players dream and highly collectable.