Before pursuing guitar making as a career, Granada luthier Oscar Munoz worked for 20 years in cabinetmaking and carpentry. This gave him a natural advantage when he turned to guitar making in 2013 when he took some construction courses given by Stephen Hill and Pablo Requena. He also formed a close camaraderie with a group of young Granada makers and players including Sergio Valverde, Federico Udini, and Javier and Sixto Moreno. He also is grateful for the advice and support of the Bellido family who encouraged him early in his work. After several years of working at his craft, Oscar Munoz was awarded second-prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain in October, 2017.
Made with European spruce for the soundboard, and a beautiful exotic set of Makassar ebony for the back and sides, this is our first classical guitar from Oscar Munoz of Granada, Spain. The striking blue & white star-shape design in the rosette is inspired by visual motifs seen throughout the city of Granada in the myriad of tile designs that grace the architecture in a vast array of tile work and flooring. According to Oscar, it follows a medieval technique, native to the city of Granada called "taracea". The bold look is matched by the very strong sound which is full and warm with a nice crisp attack to every note. Entirely French polished, this is a fantastic value for the price - and an exciting new find from one of Spain's most promising young luthiers emerging on the scene.