Classical guitar M. Hernández y V. Aguado 1963 nº237

This classical guitar has been made by the master luthiers Santiago Manuel Hernández and Victoriano Aguado Rodríguez, 1963. Santiago Manuel Hernández was born in a village in Toledo in 1895. He moved to Madrid with his family when he was around 8 or 9 years old. At the age of 14, he started working as an apprentice in a piano factory, and shortly after he was hired to work in the department where the body of the piano was built. Victoriano Aguado Rodríguez was born in 1897 in Madrid. He worked as a craftsman in charge of shellac varnishing in the same piano factory as Santiago. They met there and became friends. In 1941, when the factory was closed, they decided to open a piano repair and antique furniture restoration workshop. Since Victoriano and Jesús Belezar, Manuel’s son-in-law, were great guitar enthusiasts, Hernández and Aguado built a couple of guitars for pure pleasure. When Maestro Sáinz de la Maza tried these guitars, he encouraged them to make more because he thought they were really well made.
It should be pointed out the great help they received from Modesto Borreguero, a guitar maker from Madrid who worked as a journeyman, together with Santos Hernández and Domingo Esteso, in Manuel Ramírez’s workshop. Victoriano and Manuel learned by watching Borreguero build his guitars. Borreguero was a noble and generous man and taught them the traditional techniques he had acquired in Manuel Ramírez’s workshop. Thanks to this experience, Hernández and Aguado’s guitars improved greatly in quality and began to have a great reputation. They decided to leave the piano and furniture repair business in order to focus only on guitars. At that time, Madrid was full of well-established guitar makers, among them: José Ramírez, Marcelo Barbero, Conde Hermanos, and Santos Hernández. Closing his business and betting on the guitar was, in a sense, a very risky idea. However, a year later, they already had a waiting list of more than 70 customers. Hernández and Aguado worked carefully and without haste. Each process took place in the most appropriate season: the construction of the body of the guitar in the winter and the varnishing in the summer. Hernández was in charge of the body of the guitar, and Aguado, of the shellac varnish and the neck. With these painstaking tasks, they made only 400 units in total between 1941 and 1975. The acoustics of their guitars are pure elegance, they have a traditional sound rich in nuances. The purity of the sound sometimes deceives players by giving the impression of a lack of volume, but its acoustic projection surprises the listener and can even reach the last row of concert halls.

The woods of this classical guitar are of extraordinary quality, with German spruce for the soundboard displaying a very straight and uniform grain throughout its surface. The back and sides are made of Brazilian rosewood, which gives it a dark tone and a marvelous aesthetic. It’s worth highlighting the originality of the shellac varnish used on this instrument, something challenging to find in guitars of this age.

Having this guitar at Solera Flamenca represents a genuine privilege for us. Its sound is pure magic, with a timbre capable of enchanting us from the first note. Its tonal clarity, projection, and that special sweetness it exudes are unique and incomparable. Undoubtedly, we are faced with one of the most fascinating guitars we have had throughout our career, a highly exclusive collector’s piece, a living history of Spanish guitar craftsmanship.

The condition of this classical guitar is excellent and completely original, without any kind of cracks or repairs whatsoever.

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Additional Information



German spruce

Back and sides

Brazilian rosewood

Scale length

652 mm


French polish



String height 12th fret

3.7 mm

Saddle height

10.1 mm

Nut width

51 mm

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

42 mm

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

56 mm


1510 gr


Excellent – original

Included case


Optional case (plus 250€)


Optional case ( plus 650 € )

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