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 almost 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 one of the higher-end models in Felipe's "Flamenco Studio Professional" series of guitars made for the semi-pro recitalist. It has all the necessary power, tonal palette and playability for immediate use in the recital hall or recording studio.
This particular instrument is a spruce blanca, which has a clean, raspy sound with great edge and bite. It is a lively instrument which would suite solo performances or for accompanying dancers and singers. Aesthetically, it features some very charming details, particularly in its tip-of-the-hat to Domingo Esteso, the founder of the Conde dynasty. The head shape, rosette design and several structural elements are directly derived from Esteso's work. Materials are outstanding as well, with high grade and quarter sawn spruce for the soundboard. Normally this model is finished in lacquer, but we opted for the upgrade to French polish. This guitar can be used in any professional musical setting and represents a solid value at this price point.