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JUST SOLD Juan & Alberto Hernandez (2017) Torres model
Juan Hernandez Iranzo was born in Turis (Valencia) Spain in the late 1940's. Age 15 he joined the workshop of Francisco Esteve. For many years he has made guitars with his family as apprentices and now the guitars are almost totally made by his talented son Alberto Hernandez.
Hernandez make fine replicas models of both Hauser and Torres guitars. This Torres model was originally ordered and sold by Maestoso in 2017. It is in excellent condition having been very well looked after. There are a few blemishes to the top. It has a well balanced round, sweet tone and projects with a surprisingly powerful voice. It is comfortable to play with a pleasing neck profile. This model costs £2525 new from Maestoso www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/juan-hernandez.
Including a hand made to fit traditional Spanish case (Esteve).
JUST SOLD A rare chance to own one of the worlds most prestigious flamenco guitars. Francisco Barba from Seville and Manual Reyes from Cordoba are considered the best of the best makers of powerful and vibrant sounding guitars. Many of the worlds top players have chosen to play Francisco Barba including Niño de Pura, Manuel Molina, Rafael Riqueni, Pepe Habichuela. Francisco’s son Paco now carries on the family tradition.
This guitar was owned by ‘Jaco’ who played the guitar professionally in the UK. Tuners, strings and glue still in the case pouch! There are numerous nail marks on the guitar and the price reflects this. However, amazingly there are no cracks sadly common on lightly built flamenco guitars. It sounds just as it should and is very easy to play.
These guitars are collectable and desirable and are normally advertised for high sums of money. We have tried to access the correct valuation of this guitar in todays market. I think it’s the most competitively Barba you will find. Please ask for a full set of pictures.
Come and try this fine guitar it will not disappoint.
Includes original hard case (still very usable)
JUST SOLD Ryoji Matsuoka, well known Japanese luthier making guitars in Nagoya Japan since 1959. He formed his artisan factory of 15 employees and made quailty intruments up to the 1990's. These also included makeing the famous 'Asturias' guitar in collabortaion with Kohno. The M60 was actually very expensive when new. This example sounds very well and is in good condition for a guitar of it’s age. It is surprisingly loud and responsive. There are a few scars but no cracks and the neck is perfectly straight. The right arm shield was fitted later and is a comfortable addition.
An ideal 2nd instrument for someone?
Comes with hard case.
JUST SOLD Simon Ambridge was born 1951 and made his first guitar in 1978. He moved his workshop to Devon and over the years has built a reputation for excellence in the classical guitar world. His guitars have a purity and balance many luthiers strive for.
This guitar is No.53 and now has a mature round sound. It was made for guitarist Adam Khan who recorded the Album ‘A Day in November’ https://open.spotify.com/album/5Nq4vJ2oGALVDIJUVWhK1Y
The guitar has had one other owner.
Other examples of the Ambridge sound world from John Mills: https://youtu.be/vBA_-1U8ZVs
I am happy to send recordings and more pictures. But best is to come and play this fine instrument to experience it’s beauty.
The condition can only be described as ‘well used’ and marked. However, there are no structural faults or cracks. The guitar is priced accordingly.
Including old usable case.
JUST SOLD Paulino Bernabé is one of the most famous Spanish luthiers. Born 1932, he was originally a guitar player and a student of Daniel Fortea. He started making guitars in the Ramirez workshops as an apprentice. In 1969 he set up his own shop in Madrid. His musical ear and fundamental understanding of how a guitar feels as a player, make his instruments so special. The workshop is now run by his son Paulino and he carries on the tradition beautifully.
This particular guitar is wonderfully typical with a very generous balanced tone and huge palette of colours. It is in very fine condition for a 39 year old guitar - just a couple of minor string marks now filled, otherwise very clean.
Paulino senior guitars are now rare and it harder to find a good one. For this reason, the guitar can be considered as a shrewd investment as well as a top concert guitar. The instrument can be viewed either in person or online with WhatsApp.
£6495 with non original Hiscox case in good condition.
An exceptional example of these much loved 205 models from Paco Castillo. The condition is as new from 2016 with original Spanish bill of sale. The guitar has been very well looked after and there really are no marks to mention. The sound is as always very clean, bold and generous with a fine balance. Gives any guitar three times the price a run for its money.
The guitar has been deep cleaned and strung with new Knobloch Double Silver Active strings.
Please read more about Paco Castillo
Note the price new £1295 without case.
Includes hard case.
JUST SOLD Harald Peterson from Denmark moved to England in the 1950’s. He became well known building guitars for Len Williams in the Spanish Guitar Centre London. Son John Williams played Peterson guitars and you can get a good idea of the sound world https://youtu.be/oEfFbuT3I6A. Harald sadly died in 1969 but his sons Tom and Peter carried on construction well into the 1980’s and this guitar is one of those. It a top ‘C’ model using the best quality woods and described as a ‘Concert Guitar’.
Without doubt this guitar has a wonderfully mature spruce tone and it is especially easy to play and responds with low tension strings. The neck and action are spot on and do not seem to have ever moved. However, age has taken its toll on the condition and it is no oil painting. There is a repaired crack to the top and numerous scars. The back and sides are in very good condition. So, this is for a serious player wanting the best sound for the least cost due to condition. The frets have been re-crowned with a new set up and saddle. A joy to play such a musical instrument. A fine concert guitar at an affordable price.
£899 including old usable case.
JUST SOLD Roger Williams from Lichfield, has been making guitars for more than 20 years. He is well known for his ‘Vintage’ crossover guitars that won the JHS award in 2017. This guitar, No.204 named ‘Emilie’, shows admirable attention to detail in the wood working and the selection of the very best materials. The guitar has a sparkling quick sound that projects well. The neck and action is particularly comfortable. There is a hairline crack (might only be in the polish) on the lower bout of the front which is too small to notice and does not photograph being on a wood line. The crack is to the edge and so can’t extend and the sound is in no way compromised. The rest of the instrument has only minor marks, so condition is 9/10. The guitar has had one owner from new and it cost £3600 in 2010. A very fine concert guitar.
Includes original Hiscox case
JUST SOLD. A very fine example of the British luthier from Oxford numbered 451. It has had one careful owner and is in very good condition.
Born in 1958 Christopher Dean is much respected as one of England’s finest makers of top class concert guitars following the line of David Rubio and Paul Fischer. His guitars have been played by leading players such as the Eden Stell Duo. You can read more: http://www.deanguitars.co.uk/
His own words tell us all we really need know:
“I’m passionate about making guitars. The transformation, as if by some form of alchemy, of beautiful but inert wood into a vibrant instrument with its own individual characteristics and personality, still fascinates and delights me. The result that I seek to achieve is a guitar that looks and sounds intuitively ‘right’ in all its proportions and aspects, and will exceed its new owner’s expectations in every way.” – Christopher Dean
This guitar has exceptional clarity and warmth and is a joy to play. The top is in excellent condition. There are a few minor button marks to the back and a few small marks on the neck.
The guitar has been deep cleaned and strung with new Savarez strings.
Includes hard Hiscox case
Juan Hernandez guitars are actually now made and signed by Juan's son Alberto. The family are well known makers of fine guitars from Valencia. www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/p-juan-hernandez
This guitar is the 'Luthier' model, which has a lattice construction under the bridge, the rest of the strutting being standard. The result is a very powerful, balanced guitar yet remaining sweet and sensitive. All woods are of the highest quality.
These guitars rarely come to the used market. This example is virtually mint with only the smallest signs of use. It has almost pianistic volume which is impressive. Sound file available upon request - but to appreciate fully, this guitar really needs to be played in person.
£1995 including original case (which is in excellent condition) SOLD
Harald Petersen from Denmark moved to England in the 1950’s. He became well known building guitars for Len Williams in the Spanish Guitar Centre London. John Williams played Peterson guitars and you can get a good idea of the sound world https://youtu.be/oEfFbuT3I6A. Harald sadly died in 1969 but his sons Tom and Peter carried on construction well into the 1980’s and this guitar is one of those. It is a model A using the fine woods and described as a ‘Concert Guitar’. The machines are model replacements that work well.
This guitar is in exceptionally clean condition, the best I have seen for a guitar of this age. I suspect it has been little played and spent most of the forty years in the case. So a rare chance to have a virtually new Petersen.
A joy to play such a musical instrument.
including hard case.
Alastair McNeill from Chippenham in Wiltshire England, is recognised as one of England’s top luthiers. He has been building for more than 40 years. This Hauser inspired guitar is number 210 and once belonged to the concert guitarist John Mills. It is made with top quality timbres and with a very fine attention to detail.
The guitar is in good condition for a 22 year old. There are standard marks and I have close up pictures of these upon request. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is amazingly crystal clear yet always warm and expressive with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is very comfortable to play with a shallow neck.
A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £2200.
This is a signed handmade guitar by son Alberto Hernandez, who keeps his father's name after his retirement. The materials and build quality are first rate. When new, these guitars made in Valencia represent excellent value, being pro level concert instruments under £2000. This particular guitar was sold by us to a very caring owner. The instrument and is in mint condition. However, it has been just nicely ‘played in’ and the front has darkened to an attractive amber. It is now for sale following a part exchanged for a new instrument. The sound is particularly expressive with a bold bass and an open sweet treble.
Price new is £1850
Stephen Hill originally made his name as a top British luthier when living in Lewes East Sussex. He now resides near Granada in Spain where his guitar building courses have become legendary. This guitar is indeed made in the Granada style with 7 fan struts and it has that Spanish character to the sound.
The guitar is in pristine condition and now nicely played in.The sound is clear yet always warm and expressive with a fine balance across the registers. All materials are top quality. The guitar is very comfortable to play and musically rewarding. This model now costs well over £3250
£2495. Includes hard Hiscox case.
JUST SOLD. An exceptionally attractive Torres replica by the London based English luthier Nick Branwell. This is the model Antonio de Torres made for the great player Miguel Llobet. The guitar has a warm sweet tone, yet surprisingly punchy quick attack. The wood working is eye catching with green detailed herringbone inlay work as originally used by Torres.
It has become obvious over the past few years, that Nick Branwell is a special luthier and his guitars sell themselves almost as soon as they are played. Most comment they are the easiest guitars to play due to the care taken on the neck profile. This being the smaller scale is extremely comfortable.
This guitar has been very well kept and nicely played in by it’s first owner and is almost ‘mint’. There are a couple of very minor marks on the top which you have to hunt foe to see. I have pictures. Cost new £2750.
JUST SOLD. Casimiro Lozano is a much respected luthier from Cuenca in Spain. He has been building guitars for over thirty years. His original inspiration came from Ignacio Fleta and from there he has gone on to develop his own style of bold sounding guitars.
You can read more www.casimirolozano.com
This guitar is very powerful and even sounding across the range. It would be of benefit to any concert performer wishing to fill halls with sound!
We have sound flies and you can hear examples such as https://youtu.be/h7K5duERWR8
The guitar has had one owner from new since 2014 with a certificate from Casimiro Lozano.
There are a few minor marks and the string slaps below the bridge, which have been repaired by James Lister which rather add the character of tear drops.
Note the new price is now €5000 to €6000 and this guitar has the Madagascar and lattice construction - there is a waiting list.
Includes hard Hiscox case
The guitar is in good condition. There are a few marks and I have some close up pictures of these. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is liquid clear yet always warm with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is comfortable to play.
A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £2495.
Includes hard Hiscox case.
Graham Wilkin from Sussex, made this instrument in the workshops of Stephen Eden in Ringmer Sussex. The instrument is a Jose Romanillos inspired and really lives up to that high expectation.
Without any doubt, this is a very classy concert guitar. From the handsome looks to the balanced tone it pleases in every way. The stunning Madagascar timber is now hard to find sadly but here is chance to own a fine guitar with this stunning wood. The instrument is in very good condition with no major cracks or significant marks. I strongly recommend anyone to try this guitar-any journey is worth the trip.
Sound file and further pictures available.
£1995. Reduced to £1850. Includes a hard case which is in good useable condition.
Federico Sheppard was born in Mexico. He now makes guitars in the U.S. and from his workshop in Carrion de los Condes in Spain. His instruments have deep personal meaning, many being replica guitars of the composer guitarist Barrios Mangore or like this one, a homage to St James (Santiago) who is hand carved to the head. The shell motives inside, on the rosette and engraved to the handmade Alessi machines (with striking purple buttons) will be familiar to all those who have made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
The guitar was made in Carrion de los Condes and is very 'Spanish' in sound. It has a powerful voice to grace any concert hall. The tone has excellent balance across the range and is pleasingly easy to play. Only minor players marks, no cracks. A very fine guitar. No wonder such artists such as Pavel Steidl have ordered guitars from Federico Sheppard.
£2950 including Spanish hard case.
The English luthier Stephen Frith has been making guitars since 1979 and has studied under José Romanillos. It is guitar no.433.
Condition is mint with no noticeable sign of having been played. Must be tried.
£3200 including case
A top end luthier workshop guitar made to exacting standards with superb materials. The range was inspired and designed by the German luthier Wolfgang Jellingus and made in his workshop. The result is a professional sounding guitar at a student price. Having solid Madagascar back and sides and French polish, combined with a AA cedar top gives the instrument great power and a quick response. The guitar has been kept very well and nicely played in by it’s first owner (we sold it in 2013) and has only a few minor marks and slightly faded polish in areas. No major marks.
£995 inc.hard case.
A fine replica copy guitar by Vicente Arias Castellanos (1833-1914) from 1889, by the much respected Sussex luthier Stephen Eden. Arias built guitars at the same time as Antonio Torres and Francisco Tarrega owned one. The sound is indeed Torres like. The woods are special, adding to both appearance and the tone of the instrument. The Swiss spruce is known as ‘Moon’ wood being harvested during the full moon and plained very thin. The birdseye maple is exquisite.The fingerboard is a lightweight ebony alternative ‘RockLite’. This aids the exceptionally light construction giving this small guitar a surprisingly lively response that projects convincingly, evenly and so sweetly. A little treasure and a rare opportunity.
The guitar is in very good condition with only minor players marks and has been owned from new by one careful owner.
Full set of pictures and sound file upon request.
£2750 inc.sized hard case
From one of the most famous makers of flamenco guitars, a practical gigging instrument. A highly attractive ‘negra’ guitar in ‘as new’ condition. The quality of woods and construction is as to be expected from Conde.The Fishman preamp has been tested and works particularly well in a guitar designed for this purpose. Can be used for flamenco, classical or jazz. Cost new £2995 in 2019.
More details from condehermanos.com/en/guitars/fp14-na-cw/ where you will see the price is presently €2775 plus tax and shipping. More pictures here and a recording.
JUST SOLD It has become apparent over the past decade, that the guitars of Ana Espinosa are special. Her wood working is excellent and her ear in working her chosen woods results in guitars of great musicality. Ana started making in 1996 inspired by the guitars of Antonio de Torres. She shares a workshop with René Baarslag in Granada.
This guitar is in very good condition with some minor nail marks and the odd minor dent around the purflings. It has an exceptionally sweet, sensitive yet strong treble. The bass is darker and rounded. Very fine projection. A true concert guitar.
A top class concert guitar by a much respected maker.
Vitorini hard case.
The English luthier Stephen Frith has been making guitars since 1979 and has studied under José Romanillos. It is guitar no.430. Condition is as new with no noticeable sign of being played. Must be tried.
£2750 including black fibre case
The condition is solid with no cracks or major scars. However, as expected on a 50 year old guitar, there are a number of small knocks and players marks, mostly to the top. This is reflected in the price. I have taken close up pictures that can be sent upon request. The frets have just been dressed and the guitar is ready to play. I can also send a sound file.
£2,250 including original case (which is usable but very aged)
British luthier Richard Howell made his first guitar in 1966 in London. In 1972 he moved to Australia. He is famous for his replica guitars of Santos Hernandez, Torres and like this guitar Ignacio Fleta. Even the label looks the same as does the detailed polished interior woodwork.This guitar has a clear open and very powerful tone. The workmanship and woods are of the highest quality. Richard’s guitars now justifiably demand high prices. Sadly,this guitar suffered a transit accident and has been repaired most expertly by David Merrin at a cost of £1000. Without doubt the sound and structure of the instrument is unimpaired. The cloud mark at 6 o’clock to the front is the evidence. The guitar is now priced accordingly. A good opportunity to buy a top class concert guitar at a reasonable price. New price for the Fleta model £7000 + import.
Alistair McNeill from Chippenham in Wiltshire England, is recognised as one of England’s top luthiers. He has been building for more than 40 years. This Hauser inspired guitar is number 252. It is made with top quality timbres and with a very fine attention to detail.
The guitar is in good condition for a 10 year old. There are a few blemishes and I have some close up pictures of these including standard players marks to the top and on the neck. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is liquid clear yet always warm and expressive with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is very comfortable to play.
A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £2495. Includes hard Hiscox case.
JUST SOLD A big sounding guitar, without lattice brightness yet with sweet trebles and clear projection. There is total evenness across the registers with power and sweet trebles. The guitar is particularly comfortable to play with a very well shaped mahogany neck and raised fingerboard. The looks are modern with an original ‘plantia’ and colourful inlays. The compensated nut and saddle assures the set up and true intonation on a 'Gilbert' style bridge. A very rewarding guitar to play which has to be tried to be fully appreciated.
Condition is very good with no cracks or major marks. We can send a full set of pictures and sound file upon request.
Michael Lazar is a well known Canadian luthier https://www.lazarguitars.com
A new guitar is ¢5000 Canadian (£2850) plus shipping, tax and import duty.
Including Hiscox case.
An exceptionally attractive Torres replica by the London based English luthier Nick Branwell. The guitar has a warm yet pleasingly focused sound due to the slightly smaller body. The 50mm nut makes the instrument very easy to play. The wood working is eye catching with matching herringbone inlay work.
The guitar has been well kept and nicely played in by it’s first owner and has only a few minor marks and slightly faded polish to the back.
Comes with a sized Hiscox case.
These models are built in the workshop of Hernandez by his cousin Bautista Iranzo. They offer superb professional feel and looks at a reasonable cost and any student up to Grade 8 will be more than fine with this instrument. This particular guitar was sold by Maestoso new in 2018. The condition is still mint. The top is AA quality and the guitar is very expressive and of course now nicely ‘played in’. New price is £699.
Harald Peterson from Denmark moved to England in the 1950’s. He became well known building guitars for Len Williams in the Spanish Guitar Centre London. Son John Williams played Peterson guitars and you can get a good idea of the sound world https://youtu.be/oEfFbuT3I6A. Harald sadly died in 1969 but his sons Tom and Peter carried on construction well into the 1980’s and this guitar is one of those. It a top ‘C’ model using the best quality woods and described as a ‘Concert Guitar’.
Without doubt this guitar has a wonderfully mature spruce tone and it is especially easy to play. The neck and action are spot on and do not seem to have ever moved. However, age has taken its toll on the condition and it is no oil painting. There is a repaired crack to the top and numerous scars. The back and sides are in very good condition. So, this is for a serious player wanting the best sound for the least cost due to condition. A joy to play such a musical instrument. A fine concert guitar.
£850 including old usable case.
Malcolm Brooks from York UK is well known for acoustic guitars, in particular ‘parlour’ models. He has now retired and his guitars are rare to find. This is a very charming 19th century replica guitar (based on José Pernas) and is ideal for the performance of classical composers such as Fernando Sor etc. Or, just to have a small easy to play guitar. It has a charming sound that projects well due to the large body depth. The scroll head is particularly attractive and the pegs tune easily. The condition is good with only minor marks to the top.
Full set of pictures and sound file upon request.
£795 with gig bag
It has become obvious over the past few years, that Nick Branwell is a special luthier and his guitars sell themselves almost as soon as they are played. Most comment they are the easiest guitars to play due to the care taken on the neck profile.
This guitar has been very well kept and nicely played in by it’s first owner and is almost ‘mint’. They cost £2995 new.
£2495 with case
The guitar is in good condition for a 23 year old. There are a few marks and I have some close up pictures of these. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is particularly liquid clear yet always warm and expressive with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is very comfortable to play.
A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £1950. Includes hard case.