Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1981, Mijael Kharash's musical origins started with the violin at a very young age. It wasn't long however before he first heard the sound of the classical guitar and became fascinated with its tonal possibilities, falling permanently in love with the instrument to this day. After the collapse of the USSR, his family moved to Israel and after leaving school, he did military service, then held a variety of odd jobs including construction worker, cook, cabinetmaker and fisherman!
In 2007 after two unsuccessful attempts to build a decent classical guitar, Mijail traveled to Spain looking for an apprenticeship, asking in many of the workshops throughout the country. By luck he met Carmelo Gonzales in Ronda who generously shared his craft with Mijael. In 2009 he moved to Granada and for six years lived in a cave while building guitars in SCO "15 Gatos", Camino de Ronda 190. His friendship with the local guitar community led to him receiving excellent advice from his colleagues Felix Moya Ibarra, John Ray and Jose Vigil to whom he is specially indebted. His work is completely in the traditional manner, using hand tools, making is own original rosettes, and doing French polish with a muñequilla. Mijail Kharash was awarded second-prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain in October, 2019.
For this guitar, Mijail used 12 year old German spruce for the soundboard and cypress sourced from Seville, cut in 1986. Internally it has a five fan brace system, is lightly built in the great traditional flamenco tradition, yielding an instrument with ultra quick response, a warm woody and dry tone, yet with singing trebles. The lightweight build, low action and easy playability make this a very capable player's guitar and a fantastic value at this price. It is nearly identical to the winning guitar he built for the 2009 Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition - with only a slight change to the rosette design and not using a maple reinforcement in the neck, which helps give the guitar a looser, flamenco feel. The inlay work is beautiful, and of note it has two maple strips in the head to frame the (mechanical) pegs, giving the guitar a very bold look, which nicely compliments the bold sound of this excellent flamenco blanca. To hear the award-winning guitar, see the video below of Luis Mariano in a performance in Granada.