2008 John Ray SP/CY
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John Ray is one of the best young luthiers working in Granada, Spain. His guitars are very much in the "Granada" style - small-bodied, lightweight, easy to play and very responsive with many nuances and colors of sound. The flamenco "blanca" model has a European Spruce top with cypress for the back and sides. The entire guitar is French polished. Ray has recently been studying a guitar by Marcelo Barbero and has incorporated many of the subtle elements into his own design which have resulted in a guitar with extremely fast response and a very full sound. Aesthetically, the guitar has an elegant simplicity which is very tasteful and refined - reminiscent of some of the most charming second epoch guitars of Torres.