Made by the son of the great guitarist of the same name - this is one of the "0" guitars (#260) that until now has been a part of the Romero family collection - indeed the label bears a dedication to Pepe Sr. It has huge volume and extremely quick response - although the tone is "classical", the response and playability is much like a southern Spanish flamenco guitar. Although a slightly larger size, the instrument is very lightly built, reminiscent of the legendary guitars that were built in the Miguel Rodriguez workshop. Indeed Pepe Jr. admits that elements of both Rodriguez and Santos Hernandez are strongly present in his work, fused with his own particular style and concept of sound. This guitar was buiilt with a beautiful cedar top and Indian rosewood for the back and sides. Pepe braced the top on this guitar with his "Romero Bracing" which utilizes one very thin brace that evenly supports the top where fan braces would normally be. It makes for a guitar with very rich basses and great sustain and overtones. It is also structurally very stable. Pepe finds that this bracing makes his guitars feel easier on the left hand, like there is a little less tension. Playability is very easy with a large yet smooth neck and tall, rounded frets. The sound is thick and warm, yet very pure and separated, with great punch and immediate attack. Built in 2016, it is in excellent condition with only minor signs of use.
Luthier Bio: Pepe Romero Jr.
Orfeo Magazine No. 10 - West Coast Luthiers