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 a concert classical from Felipe Conde. The basic dimensions and proportions are derived from the soleras used by Esteso with subsequent innovations and changes introduced by Conde Hermanos in the seventies and eighties. The wood used throughout is naturally dried for at least thirty years. Workmanship is the usual very high standard for this maker, very clean, precise and with a refined aesthetic, not just in the beautiful rosette but also by the classic Esteso head shape. Sound is big, hearty and full, yet very balanced and clear at the same time. It has the power of the great Madrid classical guitars of the 60s and 70s (like Bernabe or Ramirez), and plays easily - thanks in part to the reinforced neck (ebony strip visible from behind). Overall a beautiful and powerful Madrid guitar with a rich and full sound.