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Domingo Esteso 1929

This flamenco guitar is built in the legendary guitar-maker’s workshop Domingo Esteso, in 7th Gravina Street, Madrid, the year 1929. This luthier was one of the most distinguished disciples of Manuel Ramirez along with Santos Hernandez and Enrique Garcie, with who he shared the workshop in that time. In the year 1915 he decided to open his own workshop in 7th Gravina Street, where the most relevant figures of that time’s flamenco guitar were regulars. Domingo Esteso died in the year 1937 and is considered as one of the most important guitar-makers in Spanish guitar history.

The different kinds of wood picked for this guitar are really exclusive, impossible to find nowadays. The German spruce top is made up of three pieces: two big ones on the sides and a narrow one inserted in the middle, shows a truly smooth grain, straight and uniform through the entire surface. The Brazilian rosewood of the back and sides is really smooth and with wonderful chocolate-like tone. The edging work details and finishing are simply perfect.

The sound of this flamenco guitar is truly amazing, with a quality far beyond the rest. The basses have an unbelievable depth and power, the trebles are sweet and smooth, with a sustained sound and unique projection, the harmonics that it produces are truly magic, ultimately, a perfect sound that show us once more the greatness of this master guitar-maker.

The guitar tension is mid-low, and the height of strings in saddle and fingerboard, perfectly balanced, so it is quite a comfortable guitar for both hands.

The condition is excellent and original in all its components, including this special head with silver finishing in perfect use condition. It is surprising to find a guitar from that time in such a good shape, the shellac has been lightly brushed by master luthier Maximiano Fontiveros.

  • Year: 1929
  • Top: German spruce
  • Back and sides: Barzilian rosewood
  • Scale length: 652mm
  • Finish: French polish
  • Tuners: Mechanical tuners
  • String height at the 12th fret: 3,0mm
  • Saddle height: 7,2mm
  • Nut width: 51mm
  • Distance between 1st and
    6th string at the nut: 42mm
  • Distance between 1st and
    6th string at the saddle: 57mm
  • Case: “Prado” brown or black
  • Condition: Excellent – original
  • Availability: SOLD

 

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