Brazilian luthier Roberto Gomes spent much of his early life playing the guitar. He was born in São Paulo in 1953, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In his twenties, he moved to Salvador - Bahia where he studied with Walter Smetak who had a diverse collection of instruments that first piqued Gomes' curiosity in lutherie. In 1978, Gomes moved to Madrid, Spain to study classical guitar performance with D. Áureo Herrero (a former Segóvia pupil rom the late 1930s). While in Madrid, Roberto met all the top guitar makers of the day including Jose Ramirez III, Manuel Contreras, Arcangel Fernadez, Félix Manzanero, Vicente Camacho and others. These friendships deepened his interest in guitar making further, but it was not until after he returned to Brazil when he built his first instrument in 1982. He remained a full-time professional luthier from that point forward until his retirement in 2011. In all, he built a total of 234 instruments, mainly 6 strings classical guitars, but also a few vihuelas, one renaissance guitar, a few romantic guitars, Torres replicas and few 8 strings and two 10 strings guitars.
This is a very well-built, traditionally-made guitar with the classic seven-fan braces, open harmonic bar and bridge plate structure internally. Although a spruce top, sound is loose, and warm while retaining plenty of clarity and separation. Body size is a bit more compact making it very comfortable to play. Volume is noticeably big - this guitar would do very well in any sized concert hall. Condition is excellent with only modest wear in the finish. Overall a great guitar for the price, built by one of Brazil's top luthiers.