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 his own workshop, and GSI is proud to be the exclusive US dealer for his guitars.
This is the high-end model in Felipe's "Flamenco Studio Professional" series of guitars made for the semi-pro recitalist. It has all the necessary power, tonal palette and playability for immediate use in the recital hall or recording studio.
This is a spruce negra, which in addition to the qualities of its blanca counterpart, will have extra power that most players find helpful in recital situations. Aesthetically, it features some very charming details, perhaps most notably some beautiful "rope" purfling surrounding the outline of the top, and an old-school, Esteso-style head shape. Materials are outstanding as well, in particular the very dramatic figuring and contrasting sapwood in the cocobolo used for the back and sides. Normally this model is finished in lacquer, but this particular instrument is French polished. This guitar can be used in any professional musical setting and represents a solid value at this price point.