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. Felipe Conde has been building these guitars for almost 40 years - first with his father and uncle and later with his brother. Now Felipe has established his own workshop, where he is ushering in the next generation of Condes - both his son Felipe Jr. and daughter Maria are now professional luthiers working out of Madrid and GSI is proud to be the exclusive US dealer for their guitars.
This is a great concert blanca from Maria Conde, who along with her brother Felipe (hijo) are the new generation of Conde builders in a family tradition that has just celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2015. This model is a flamenco "blanca" and although it has the classic Conde sound at its core, it is noticeably more light in weight than the instruments of her father, very similar to the Conde guitars of the 1950s and 1960s. As a result it is super responsive, with an explosive attack across all registers. It has a clean, raspy sound with great edge and bite, making it a very lively instrument for solo performance or for accompanying dancers and singers. Maria's years of apprenticeship under the watchful eyes of her father guarantee that workmanship is the usual very high standard from this shop, very clean, precise and with a refined aesthetic, not just in the beautiful rosette but also by the instantly recognizable "media luna" headstock shape, which has become the symbol of the Conde name for over half a century.