Flamenco guitar Domingo Esteso 1936

This flamenco guitar is built in the legendary guitar-maker’s workshop Domingo Esteso, in 7th Gravina Street, Madrid, the year 1936. 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.

This flamenco guitar has belonged to Paco Espinosa’ s personal collection.

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. The height on the fret 12 is 2.4 millimeters, which allows our left hand to do its job very easily and fluently.

The condition is really good. This flamenco guitar was restored by master luthier Maximiano Fontiveros, who repaired the existing cracks and restored the varnish back to shellac. If you CLICK HERE you will be able to access some images of the guitar before and after the restoration. Thus, you will be able to check for yourself the luthier´s excellent work. It has a crack on the top, and some other ones on the back and sides (repaired through the graft technique), all perfectly repaired, as one can see in the images attached. The solid making process is worth mentioning, making it more than fit to play it and use it in any situation, far from the stereotype saying an old guitar is fragile and delicate.

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Additional Information



German spruce

Back and sides


Scale length

655 mm


French polish



String height 12th fret

2.4 mm

Saddle height

8.5 mm

Nut width

52 mm

Dist. between 1st-6th string at the nut

42 mm

Dist. between 1st-6th string at the saddle

56 mm


1190 gr


Very good

Included case

Prado brown or black

Optional case ( plus 650 € )
Video recorded with strings

Luthier Set 30 (nylon trebles)