Luis Fernandez de Cordoba is a Panamanian born luthier, who started building guitars in 2000. Although he began constructing and repairing acoustic guitars of all styles, it wasn’t until 2009 that he dedicated himself exclusively to the world of classical and flamenco. Whole-heartedly inspired by the traditional Spanish method of construction, Luis has spent a great deal of time admiring the great masters of the past like Antonio de Torres, Santos Hernandez, Hermann Hauser I, Manuel Velazquez, José Romanillos, and Robert Bouchet. He also spent time apprenticing in Granada, Spain. On the US side of his studies, he has visited the workshops of Richard and Marshall Brune as well as Jeff Elliott, another of his inspirations.
This beautifully built guitar features striking materials, particularly a dramatic set of CSA rosewood used for the back and sides and is fitted with a set of Rodgers tuners. The instrument is very lightweight in build, making it ultra-responsive and powerful, much like the southern Spanish guitars of the mid-twentieth century. Sound is rich, wholesome and perfectly balanced. One notable feature is his use of the partial wooden tornavoz fitted inside the soundhole, which Luis uses from time to time in some of his instruments. This helps focus the sound in its outward projection (giving the guitar added power) as well as turning it back into the box making the back resonate more against the players body, helping to enhance the bond between instrument and player. Simply a great guitar, all around - beautiful to the eye and ear. Although a second-hand instrument, it is in brand-new condition, as if it just left the shop. Impeccably made with the finest materials and most discriminating attention to sound and playability, this instrument is both a showpiece and concert workhorse.