16 Mar Hermanos Conde 1986: “Pepe Habichuela” Reedition
Felipe Conde is more than a well known guitar maker: The top representative of one of the most prestigious and mportant firms of the guitar world in Spain: Hermanos Conde. Just by saying his name, we can’t help but thinking of Paco de Lucia, always with his inseparable Hermanos Conde guitar. Pepe Habichuela, Moraito Chico, Cepero… an endless list of priceless artists with made us fall in love with their music. A music coming from the talent and genius, from inspiration. However, the instrument also plays an important part in the creative process of the musician. And this is exactly the secret of the firm Hermanos Conde: They have always managed to introduce a unique sound, different from all the rest, thus captivating the best artists of the time, and also relating to them, which was really important so as to compose and interpret their pieces.
With this new model of flamenco guitar, Felipe Conde has succeeded in the creation of an exact copy of Maestro Pepe Habichuela’s guitar. The difference in sound timbre, colour and quality are almost imposible to tell. This instrument has a mature sound, something that definitely evolved, with that bouquet the best flamenco guitars acquire along the years. It is extremely difficult to combine all those qualities in a new guitar. However, knowledge, as well as unbeatable talent, always break down barriers, and this is what happened one more time, yielding spotless results.
The original plantilla and solera used for the making of this guitar, along with the most accurate tools available at present, have resulted in an unbeatable guitar, capable of making us feel and remember the music of the best artists on our own hands. This is our humble but honest opinion of the new guitar “Pepe Habichuela”. An opinion Pepe Habichuela agrees with, as we had the chance of talking to him, after meeting him at Felipe Conde’s workshop, where we were in order to test and pick up the guitars we ordered. Pepe Habichuela explained us how satisfied he was with his new creation. It was obvious how happy, even amazed, he was when talking about that excellent piece of work.
For the creation of this instrument, Felipe Conde has worked together with his son and daughter: Felipe Conde Jr. and Maria Conde, two talented young luthiers, gathering the qualities to be some of the best makers in Spain, and the perfect successors of the firm they represent: devotion and love for their work, music and the guitar.