HERMANOS CONDE, 1978: New Jewel for the S.F. Collection!

We are especially proud in Solera Flamenca to be able to exhibit this flamenco guitar, as we have been interested in it for over a decade! HERMANOS CONDE del año 1978. (SEE GUITAR)

This guitar has belonged to a great friend, Juan Antonio Mangrané, of ours with whom we have been close friends for more than twenty years.

Although it is true that he had never wanted to part with it until now, after seeing our Solera Records project and the great acceptance it is having, and after much consideration, he decided to offer it to us, trusting that we’ll keep its sound alive and safe in the knowledge that it will remain in this company, which he has seen since it was founded, for the rest of its days.

Undoubtedly, this guitar is one of the jewels of our private collection. We are convinced that in our new project Solera Records, in which we offer our guitars for the recording of albums, it will be one of the most requested guitars.

We know everything about the history of this guitar first hand: our friend acquired it directly from the Hermanos Conde firm in 1978 and immediately sent it to the master Antonio Marín Montero to remove the orange nitro-lacquer varnish and replace it with hand-rub lacquer. The work was carried out with absolute precision and the original thickness of the wood was not changed at any point. The result was truly extraordinary, both aesthetically and acoustically: an instrument that has been praised by great figures in the guitar world over the years and that our good friend has been able to maintain in an optimum state of conservation despite having played it almost daily for all these years.

The woods used for its construction – cypress and German spruce pine – are of E-X-T-R- A-O-R-D-I-N-A-R-Y quality. In fact, we had never before seen a top of this quality on guitars of this firm: a top full of an aesthetically beautiful mirror-finish, and with a very fine and marked grain all over its surface.

The sound is absolutely marvellous. The fact that the nitro-lacquer had been replaced with hand-rub lacquer gave the guitar much more natural freedom of movement, which allows for a powerful sound with a very special warmth without losing that peculiar “weight” and depth that we find in the best guitars of the firm from this marvellous period.

We do not want to conclude these lines without thanking our friend for his decision to make this wonderful guitar available to Solera Flamenca that has accompanied him for so many years. We promise you that we will give it the care it deserves… HEARTFELT THANKS, JUAN!!!!