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Domingo Esteso 1931

This flamenco guitar is built in the legendary guitar-maker’s workshop Domingo Esteso, in 7th Gravina Street, Madrid, the year 1931. 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 sound top is made of German spruce, with an even and straight grain on the entire surface. The back and sides are made of beautiful cypress tree, with a straight and simple veining.

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 medium, and the height of strings in saddle and fingerboard, perfectly balanced, so it is quite a comfortable guitar for both hands.

The condition of conservation is excellent, it keeps the originality on all its parts including the headstock, nut, and shellac… It just has three small fissures on the sound top practically indistinguishable and perfectly repaired and documented in the pictures attached. We must highlight the construction firmness this instrument shows, which make it appropriate to play it and use it in any situation, getting away from the rumors that say vintage guitars are fragile and delicate.

  • Year: 1931
  • Top: German spruce
  • Back and sides: Cypress
  • Scale length: 655mm
  • Finish: French polish
  • Tuners: Tuning pegs
  • String height at the 12th fret: 2,6mm
  • Saddle height: 7,6mm
  • Nut width: 52mm
  • Distance between 1st and
    6th string at the nut: 42mm
  • Distance between 1st and
    6th string at the saddle: 58mm
  • Case: “Prado” brown or black
  • Condition: Vey good – original
  • Availability: SOLD

 

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