Richard Reynoso is a guitar maker based out of California, USA. His instruments are fully traditional in construction design and largely inspired by the great Spanish makers of the past, but they do offer a voice, personality and look that is entirely his own.
This particular instrument, a spruce-top classical with Indian rosewood back and sides, features his signature carved headstock with dark ebony veneer, giving it a very "architecturally" austere appearance which sets the mood for the other matching details throughout. Although Richard never replicates the same combination of design elements in more than one guitar, he does consistently use what we have been calling "neo-art deco" motifs throughout, not just with his use of hard and clean, yet graceful lines and curves, but also in his inlay work. (Please see the short video documentary below for further demonstration of this). The back (and foot) center seams, heel block and rosette (which are works of art in themselves) have drawn their inspiration from a variety of sources ranging from art-deco styled chandeliers to ancient Egyptian jewelry.
Happily its sound is as bold and strong as its appearance. It has a very steady sound, well-defined, with noticeably very agile dynamic range. Each note is very dense, with the overtones tightly packed into the firmness of every note. In many ways we are reminded of sonic qualities found in Friederich and Fleta. It has excellent clarity and separation between voices across the entire register. Feel and playability are very comfortable, with a well-shaped neck and easy action providing a the player with a sense of control and a solid, stable feel in all playing positions. Although this instrument is previously owned, it is dead-mint, brand-new condition. GSI is proud to be working with Reynoso and we see much talent and uniqueness in the design, build quality, tone and feel of his guitars.