Manuel Contreras II "Double Top"
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Double-Top is perhaps the best-known and most sought-after model from this shop. Several players have performed on this model since the 1980's, including the Romeros. The name "double-top" is actually a slight misnomer: in Spanish "tapa" means "cover" and actually refers to an additional piece of wood that is "covering" the inside of the back. So in reality, the back (not the top) is doubled-up, with the hardwood exterior and additional tone-wood interior (this cedar top model therefore has a piece of cedar lining the inside of the back). So while there are two tops, they are not adjacent. This is in line with the Madrid school of using double sets of wood - Ramirez line the sides of their 1a guitars internally with cypress and Bernabe, Teodoro Perez and others of course uses double rosewood sides on some of their models. The Contreras Double-top is extremely powerful with a very dense, yet warm sound. A very solid concert instrument, perfectly suited for the concert stage and any type of ensemble situation.
Luthier Bio: Manuel Contreras