This flamenco guitar has been made by the master luthier Felipe Conde, in his workshop, located in 4 Arrieta Street, 2022. Felipe Conde is currently the greatest representative of one of the most prestigious firms of Spanish guitar in history: Hermanos Conde. It is inevitable, just like when we talk about Hermanos Conde we all recall Paco de Lucía with his inseparable guitar from this firm, the same as Pepe Habichuela, Moraito Chico, Cepero, and an endless list of artists who captivated us with their music, born from pure genius and inspiration, where the instrument plays an essential role in the musician´s creative process. Well, this is precisely the secret of the firm. Hermanos Conde succeeded in instilling a very characteristic sound into their guitars. It was different from all the other ones, which the great musicians of that time loved, so the artist felt deeply linked to that sound when they composed and interpreted their music.
On Solera Flamenca we would like to show our customers the new model of flamenco guitar made by Felipe Conde. It is a model which accurately replicates one of Paco de Lucía´s guitars, which we acquired through Maestro José Mª Bandera. We had this guitar two years ago, and it surprised us so much that we instantly knew we had to make a reedition. Well, this day has come, after talking to Felipe Conde we started the project, collaborating with them, in order to create a true gem of Spanish guitar: “Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso Reedition, 1974” (Domingo Esteso´s Nephews). (SEE NEWS)
This flamenco guitar is truly special for us. It is not so easy to find guitars from this popular firm from Madrid in any time, with this combination of woods: secuoya and Brazilian rosewood. It is authentic, with its corresponding CITES certificate.
The use of Brazilian rosewood is the only change we implemented in this reedition. The original guitar was made of Indian rosewood, which takes this instrument to the very top rank, destined to be a cult instrument.
It was made with the same template and mould used for the original instrument in 1974. In fact, Felipe acquired the mould after his aunt Juliana, Faustino Conde´s widow, passed away. A model that was born in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Felipe Conde in his career as a guitar maker. From this model, only 25 units will be made, exact replicas of this guitar. Thanks to Felipe Conde´s hands, this reproduction was carried out down to the smallest detail. The luthier decided to call it “Concierto Serie Oro” (Concert Golden Series).
In the same line as the previous instruments, this guitar represents the top, the highest point for a new guitar, as regards its making, sound quality and performance. Such a beautiful instrument with unique sound qualities is made possible due to the Brazilian rosewood, with more than 70 years of curation, along with the sequoia wood from a tree which is more than a thousand years old. The power, clarity, scope… of this magnificent instrument is embellished by this timeless character in all guitars of this firm, which has definitely succeeded in captivating different generations, whether they are professional or amateurs, since the very year the firm was born.
Scheller pegboxes, exact replica of the tuners in the original guitar “La Invencible”, by Antonio de Torres, in 1884 (SEE). Apart from this exclusive pegbox, the guitar will be delivered with a BAM Panther case and a certificate written by Felipe Conde.
The tension of this flamenco guitar is medium, and the height of strings in saddle and fingerboard is reduced. The fluidity with which the left hand works across the fingerboard together with the comfort of the touch of the right hand, thanks to a marked ‘rebound effect’, make it one of the most comfortable guitars we have tried over the years.
The condition of this flamenco guitar is brand new.
|Back and sides|
Brazilian rosewood (CITES)
|String height 12th fret|
|Dist. between 1st-6th string at the nut|
|Dist. between 1st-6th string at the saddle|
BAM Panther 8002XLB Hightech
|Video recorded with strings|
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