2011 German Vazquez Rubio "Concert 635 10-String" SP/PE
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German Vazquez Rubio
(also known as G.V. Rubio) has been making guitars for over forty years and has developed his own signature sound that guitarists have come to love. He was born in 1952 in Paracho, Mexico where there is an abundance of fine luthiers (with few exceptions all of the finest guitars in Mexico come from Paracho). German's first formal training began at eleven years old when he left school to help support his seven siblings and work for his uncle Manuel Rubio at his workshop. There even at his young age he made a conscious effort to make guitar building his life's work. In 1968 at the age of sixteen he made his first concert level guitar (hence his label reads 'desde 1968"). German has since been able to learn from many different master builders such as Felix Manzanero, Jose Romanillos and Thomas Humphrey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he builds a variety of both classical and flamenco models.
German Vazquez Rubio has carefully crafted this ten-stringed guitar with unique specifications to achieve maximum comfort and quality of sound. Being a 10-string, the additional 4 bass strings allow players of Renaissance and Baroque lute music to play period repertoire without having to transpose bass notes. The instrument also works beautifully for transcriptions of piano and orchestral music which require a wider note range. It has a typical spruce sound, very refined and clean, with great focus. The action is set very comfortably, and helps make this an overall very enjoyable guitar for player and audience alike. Although a used guitar it is in excellent condition with only some modest wear in the finish. A great choice for the serious concert performer or recording artist looking for a specialty instrument to handle a wider range of repertoire.
Luthier Bio: German Vazquez Rubio