Although Manuel Reyes of Cordoba (1934-2014) is considered to be the greatest and most sought-after Andalucian flamenco builder of the latter half of the 20th century (and beginning of the 21st) he was also an extraordinary maker of fine classical instruments as well although he received fewer commissions due to the overwhelming demand for his flamencos. For more than half a century he was known for his superb workmanship and authentic Andalusian flamenco sound - he always constructed his guitars in the heart of the old quarter of Cordoba, in the deep south of Spain. His guitars have been played by dozens of professionals internationally, perhaps most notably being Vicente Amigo and Paco Serrano. At the time of his passing, his waitlist for new instruments had been closed for years due to its enormous size.
The classical guitars of Manuel Reyes almost never appear on the market - so this is a very rare treat to have this magnificent instrument here in our showroom. It has a wonderful, dark sound with bold basses and strong trebles. Along with an elite handful of other builders from this time (including Miguel Rodriguez and Arcangel Fernandez) these guitars are prime examples of the mid-century Spanish style at its apex. And this is a stellar example both for sound and condition. To date, this instrument has had only one prior owner who commissioned it along with a flamenco blanca, taking delivery of them both at the same in 1969. Like the blanca, this is in like-new, virtually untouched condition. Absolutely a miracle that an instrument of this vintage is in such incredible shape for its age, likely due to it's having had only one very caring owner to date. This is for the most discriminating player or collector seeking a great sounding Reyes in such amazing shape. This guitar is a true masterpiece, a truly remarkable and rare instrument.