1925 Francisco Simplicio SP/CSAR


Year: 1925 Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 646 mm
Nut Width: 48 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: Spain Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06748


From the Russell Cleveland collection. Featured on pages 30-32 of the book "The Classical Guitar - A Complete History."-


Francisco Simplicio, the sole pupil and successor of Enrique Garcia, was known not only for the beautiful tone of his instruments, but also for his exquisite workmanship and use of extravagant ornamentation. The ornate purfling and rosette detailing are immediately recognizable features of this maker’s work. He is also known for the heavily and beautifully engraved headstocks. This guitar we offer here is a fine example demonstrating the best of these qualities. The famous 'sound' of Simplicio is perhaps the most unique of the great makers of the twentieth century - it has a very "old-world" charm, and players of these guitars often remark how they are transported psychologically to another world when playing a Simplicio. The sound of this Simplicio is magical - there is great depth and rich overtone content in every note from the lowest bass note to the highest treble. This guitar also has ample volume to fill any hall. Playability is a breeze with a more compact neck size and shape - the guitar was also refretted recently by Pat Quinn, who also attended to some old cracks that had re-opened. The guitar is now in concert and recording-ready condition. Overall, a highly desirable guitar from this famous builder.

Luthier Bio: Francisco Simplicio

Orfeo article on Simplicio

Don't show me this again