Conde Hermanos guitars have been the industry standard for Spanish flamencos for many decades now. Conde has been the guitar of choice for the vast number of great players for many generations from Nino Ricardo and Melchor de Marchena to Paco de Lucia (who has recorded and concertized for nearly his entire career on Conde), Moraito, Gerardo Nunez, Canizares, Rafael Riqueni and the present generation's Diego del Morao and many others. Click here to see a small sampling of such performances. They are famously known for a dry, "woody" and very firm tone, capable of retaining clarity and punch even when driven to the extreme limits of speed - whether in picado, tremolo or rasguedo techniques - these guitars can hold up and deliver a reliable and consistent quality of tone. Felipe Conde has been building these guitars for over 40 years - first with his father and uncle and later with his brother. Now Felipe has established his his own workshop, and GSI is proud to be the exclusive US dealer for his guitars.
This is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous "Torres" model from the Felipe Conde shop - and rather than being a literal copy of any one particular Torres, it has various elements taken from several different Torres guitars that Felipe admires, seamlessly fused into this model. Some of these are structural, some are aesthetic - probably the most obvious being the rosette (a masterpiece in itself) with its mother-of-pearl inlays in the center strip flanked by various other inlay designs including checkerboard mosaics and herringbone. Structurally, this is based on the larger Torres guitars which feel to us just a hair on the slightly more compact size but it does have full scale length and feels and plays like a modern guitar. It has a very sweet, singing tone and enormous volume. It's lightweight build also gives it great punch and immediacy, like the originals have. Back and sides are a lush set of beautiful Green Ebony and the tuners are by Alessi. Another stunning instrument from this famous shop.