2012 Manuel Contreras "10th Anniversary" SP/CO (ex Irina Kulikova)
|Back & Sides:
This is the top model from the Contreras
shop. In October of 2000, this model (the "10th Anniversary") won first-prize at the Joaquin Rodrigo competition in Spain. This particular guitar is the "premium series" version of the model, which indicates top selection of their most valuable wood and additional detailing in the workmanship.
The materials used are exquisite, featuring a gorgeous set of cocobolo with dramatic and contrasting sapwood elements for the back and sides, and very dark, aged spruce for the soundboard. Workmanship is to the highest standards - this can be instantly detected even with a quick glance at the detailing, particularly in the purfling and rosette. In the innovative Contreras spirit, this model is uniquely constructed with an inner-sounding back support, which allows the back to resonate freely - eliminating much of the normal dampening caused from contact with the players' body. The sound is penetrating and has exceptional sustain. It has huge projection and can fill any sized concert hall. It was built for the great concert artist Irina Kulikova who was its first owner. A true "concert-grand" of an instrument.
Luthier Bio: Manuel Contreras