This flamenco guitar has been made by the master luthier Felipe Conde, in his workshop, located in 4 Arrieta Street, 2021. 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 this new model of flamenco guitar, Felipe Conde managed to create an exact replica of Paco de Lucía´s guitar. As regards timbre and sound quality they are almost impossible to distinguish. The soundboard is made of a very special wood that the maestro Felipe Conde has kept hidden away for all these years and that he has now decided to use in this very special model that commemorates his 50th Anniversary as a guitar builder: The Secuoya (SEE NEWS). This combination of Secuoya and Brazilian rosewood is really special in the guitar world. These woods, along with the quality and structure of guitars back then, provide the instrument with surprising sound quality and volume, bringing back the genuine and personal sound of Hermanos Conde from that golden age of flamenco which captivates all of us.
Once again we are pleasantly surprised and excited with the arrival of this new guitar from the 50th-anniversary gold series. Felipe Conde is one of the best guitar makers in our country and this is reflected in the quality of sound and construction that we find in each and every one of the guitars he brings us.
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|
Solera Flamenca "Alma" by Vicente Amigo (Nylon)