This flamenco guitar was made by master luthier Alfonso Checa in 1967. Born in 1914, Alfonso Checa Plaza was one of the great guitar makers in Granada. He started his workshop in 1935 in Baza. Along his life, he won the first prize in Madrid International Exposition in 1953, as well as the first prize in the municipality of Ronda (Malaga). He taught his children. José and Vicente Checa, Vicente Pérez Checa, Antonio Ruiz and Pedro Martínez Peñalver. Pedro Martínez Peñalver started with him as an apprentice in 1962, and he took over his workshop after his death in 1977. It is worth mentioning how Checa made guitars for some other great makers of that time, such as Gerundino Fernández, José Ramírez, Luis Aróstegui, and Benito Ferrer.
The woods have a surprisingly high quality. The German spruce top has got a very marked, straight and even grain. The back and sides are made of curly maple of the highest quality, concerning both the cut and the excellent wood seasoning this guitar maker gives all his woods for years. The finishes are simple and sober, but also elegant.
Its spectacular sound and marked character are other great features of this work of art. The basses are quite powerful but also deep. The trebles are vivid, crystal clear, with great scope and sustain.
Its tension is medium, and the height of strings in saddle and fingerboard, really balanced, which provides the performer with an easy execution and great comfort for both hands.
The condition is good, with three cracks on the top and one on the bottom, being all of them minor ones, and not needing any repair whatsoever, except for one of them, which is perfectly repaired through the graft technique.
|Back and sides|
|String height 12th fret|
|Dist. between 1st-6th string at the nut|
|Dist. between 1st-6th string at the saddle|
|Optional case (plus 500 €)|
BAM Panther 8002XLB Hightech
|Video recorded with strings|
Luthier Set 30 (nylon trebles)