Seattle-based luthier Ethan Deutsch has been building guitars on and off since the early 1970's, and full-time since 1997. He was first attracted to flamenco music in his teens and in 1970 as a young flamenco guitarist, he moved to Morón de la Frontera, Sevilla in Spain for a year. It was there that Ethan had the good fortune of learning flamenco and befriending the legendary Gypsy guitarist Diego del Gastor. After returning to the US in 1971, he started to build guitars, at first learning from Irving Sloane’s book "Classic Guitar Construction", but for the most part he was self-taught. In the ensuing years, as Ethan made his way through life, including the completion of a PhD in chemistry from Princeton University, he continued to build guitars, build furniture (he even at one point owned a furniture store in Chicago, building the furniture himself) all the meanwhile performing flamenco under the stage name "Mario Amaya".
Like his background as a player, Ethan's guitars are very traditional. They are notably lightweight like the mid-century guitars coming from Andalucia and likewise have a strong, quick snap to the attack of each note. The body of each note is loose and old-world, with warm basses and lyrical trebles giving it a great, traditional Spanish sound. It is also extremely easy to play for the left hand with a sleek and easy contour to the neck. Additionally, it is ultra-responsive to the touch so very easy on the right hand. Overall a beautiful instrument (note the "weaved" pattern in the rosette) and gorgeous materials - notably the figured ziricote for back and sides framed with flamed maple for the binding and purfling. For the serious classical player looking for a fantastic traditional classical concert guitar, we can recommend this instrument highly.