The late Manuel Reyes of Cordoba is still considered to be the greatest and most sought-after flamenco builder of the latter half of the twentieth century. He is known for his superb workmanship and is legendary for his authentic Andalusian flamenco sound - he has always constructed his guitars in the heart of the old quarter of Cordoba, in the deep south of Spain. His guitars have been played by dozens of flamenco professionals internationally, perhaps most notably being Vicente Amigo, Paco Serrano and Antonio Rey.
The tone of this instrument is sweet, beautiful and lyrical while retaining the bite and energy of flamenco: when playing melodically, it sings like a human voice, but also awakens with a tremendous bite when pushed hard. The strong, voice-like trebles are balanced by its big low-end that is full but not boomy. As sweet as the tone is, it still has the aggressive response when pushed in the right direction - rasguedos in particular are quite explosive and powerful. Volume on this guitar is also notably huge - Reyes guitars always come with plenty of power but this one is exceptionally powerful even by Reyes' standards. It is also very easy to play and has all the richness necessary for solo performing. Condition is excellent with only minor wear in the finish. This guitar is a true masterpiece, and could easily please the most discriminating player or collector. Built in 1979, it dates from one of the more popular periods of his output. Truly a remarkable and rare instrument in such fine condition.