Sold Pre-owned Guitars

.Swiss spruce top
.Dark Indian rosewood
.South American ceder neck
.655mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 3mm bass 3mm treble
.7 Fan bars with extra lower harmonic bar
.1615g
.Rogers machines gold plated
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 36cm
.G air tone
.French polish

JUST SOLD A fine example from this ever popular master British luthier Stephen Hill. Now based in Granada Spain, this guitar was built as No.087 named 'La Perla'. It was built in his Lewes workshop England in the winter of 2000.

The quality of woods are are first class. The Swiss top was actually bought from Jose Romanillos. The neck is South American cedar and the bridge is Rio. The machines are handmade by Rogers and the receipt for these are in the the case, probably worth £500 on their own. The original detailed description of the guitar written by Stephen is also present as presented to the guitars single owner from new.

There are very few standard minor nail marks to the top (ask for close ups) but otherwise the instrument is in exceptional condition. Four years ago, Stephen Hill gave the instrument a service and so it plays as new. He repaired a hairline crack that can't be seen. The sound is typically warm, clear and solid with fine projection. Being 24 years old, the guitar has mature depth of tone and the amber polish has become golden.

You can learn more about these fine guitars https://www.stephenhillguitars.com/guitars/concert-guitars.html

You will note that his new guitars sell for £6,100 plus tax. So this guitar represents excellent value.

Original Hiscox case included in good usable condition.

Please see below a list of our previously sold Pre-owned guitars.
Prices shown were the original asking price.


Juan Hernandez
2011 Torres model. This is one of the sweetest sounding examples nicely played in by one careful owner.
Almost mint condition. 650 cms. Spruce/Indian. Comes with original hard case made to measure.
£1895

Jesus Bellido 2009 classical guitar.

German Spruce, Indian rosewood. 650mm. High quality carbon case included. The guitar is in almost mint condition. Hardly played from new. Bargain from top Granada maker
£2995

Papazian Juan Hernandez 2013 'Sonata'.
An opportunity to buy an almost new guitar in good condition. Just a few minor marks. The present owner had this model as an intermediate guitar when waiting for a special luthier made instrument - now arrived. Solid cedar, highly attractive solid mongoy (ovengal) body, ebony fingerboard and complex bindings. Fine balanced big tone even in higher positions.
Normal price new £825. Now £595 or near offer. Bargain!

Ricardo Sanchis Carpio 1998.
The 'Bolerias' model in solid spruce, solid pau ferro body and ebony fingerboard. The condition is almost mint - hardly played from new. To buy the equivalent model from Sanchis now is around £1650. Comes with gig bag - also mint! A fine top end student instrument from a well respected maker.
£750

Philip Woodfield 1991.
Torres model. One professional owner from new. An exceptionally open and expressive instrument. Fine spruce top and Indian rosewood body. Schaller machines with rosewood buttons. 650mm string length, 52 mm nut. There is a small crack to the back (repaired by Woodfield). Some of the French polish is faded and there are minor knocks and players marks to the the top. A new model costs £3900 and is the choice of many top players. Our price reflects the condition of this most 'musical' guitar which has many years of life to give.
£1750 including hard case (not original).

Keller JK90 1996.
This model is now discontinued. It is a top end signed instrument from Admira. The materials are very fine - all sold Canadian cedar, Indian Rosewood, full wood bindings, Honduras neck with ebony strip, fine bone nut and saddle. The insides are varnished. The guitar is in almost mint condition. It has recently been serviced and set up. It plays in the style of Ramirez. 650 mm string length 52 mm nut width. Comes with a new foam case.
£450.00


Jose Antonio 'Fleta' replica model.
About 2 years old and in almost mint condition. Canadian cedar and high quality Indian rosewood with red flash. 65 cms. New price is £1575.
A bargain at £950.

Juan Hernandez 2011 Torres model.
This is one of the sweetest sounding examples nicely played in by one careful owner. Almost mint condition. 650 cms. Spruce/Indian. Comes with original hard case made to measure. £1895 Manouk Papazian 1973 Spruce with Bolivian rosewood. An un-restored example in good original order. Original violin varnish as preferred by this New York luthier. New machines. Stunning rosette with the name inlayed to the intricate design. 650 cms. Sweet, balanced and easy to play. A delight.
£1995

Sakai Ishii 2006.
Simply beautiful! This top rated Japanese luthier only uses the very best tone woods and his craftsmanship is second to none. Spruce with dark Indian rosewood set off by a red and green rosette. One careful owner and in almost mint condition. The sound is even, balanced and classy. The body is smaller early Hauser and the 650 cms string length with 50 mm nut make this an easy guitar to play.
£2995 including original case.

Ramirez 1a 1973.
A classic example in good original condition. Just the normal players marks and un-retouched. Cedar with Indian 660 cms. with arched fingerboard. Dark and round.
Original case £1595

Manouk Papazian 1976
Spruce with Bolivian rosewood. 650 string length 52 nut. This guitar is a fine example of the New York luthier, with his name worked into the hand made rosette. The guitar has been subject to a sensitive restoration by Pablo Requena. The front has been re-polished and the guitar has been re-fretted. One small crack has been repaired. The machines have been replaced. The result is an amazingly sensitive guitar with a sweet, singing tone. The air resonance is F sharp. A chance to obtain a classic top quality guitar in excellent condition. The value should rise in time.
£2995 with case. (Please ask for extensive portfolio of pictures).

Camps 2000 Aura.
An electro-acoustic classical guitar. Cutaway with 21 frets. All solid tone woods with ebony.Top quality spruce top and Indian rosewood body. The guitar has a very slim neck for ease of playing with a light-weight truss rod and ebony back-strip inlay. The Aura system is a premium set up from the Fishman company. A new one costs £1795. This guitar is about 5 years old and has been very well cared for. It has only the smallest of player marks and one minor indentation scratch on one side. It comes with a black hard shell case. Please ask for pictures or come and try it.
£795

Manuel Contreras 1982. 1A.
Canadian cedar/Indian rosewood. Good original condition - just normal players marks. Polish a little faded on arm and leg contact points. Recent re-fret. 650mm. Crisp bold sound. Original case is tatty but still functional!
£1995

Prudencio Saez.
Solid cedar, solid rosewood. Excellent condition. Pretty sound. End of line in perfect condition
£200 + VAT

Camps M10
Fantastic value 'recital' level instrument. French polished top and cocobolo body. Damaged in transit but still sounds amazing. Damage is only cosmetic Normal price £949.
Will accept £699 to clear.

Juan Hernandez 'Maestro' 2009 - Ex demo.
Spruce, cocobolo, 20 frets, raised fretboard. Excellent condition - just one mark. Played in - sweet and strong!
RRP £2800. Will accept £1900 - fantastic bargain for someone!

Jochen Roethel 2004.
Superb spruce/Indian with case in good condition. One of the very best guitars money can buy. £2750 (A new model now costs £6000!) Requena 2007. Exceptionally attractive guitar with mother of pearl rosette, spruce and ziracote body. One repaired crack to the back.
£1995

Juan Hernandez 'Concierto' 2010.
Damaged in transit. Front split but repaired and sounds very well.
£495 to clear?

Camps SP6 2009
Ex demo in good condition. Cedar.
£495

Jose Antonio Fleta replica.
Ex demo model. 2 years old. In good condition. No major marks. Played in and sounding fabulous.
Normal RRP £1599. Now £1100....

Prudencio Saez 28
All solid with rosewood. Slight damage which does not effect the rich sound of this instrument.
Half price bargain at £449 + VAT

Marin Montero 1975
In amazingly good condition. Spruce with Brazilian. Old sound - so sweet. Includes hard shell Hiscox case. Highly desirable and this one has years of wonderful sounds left in her
£2,895

Juan Hernandez 'Profesor' New
Arrived with a small chip to the binding. Sounds as wonderful as it should. Solid German spruce, solid Indian rosewood, ebony, inlaid rose.
Normal price £1059. Reduced to £859

Maestro Ramirez models.
End of line bargains including quality hard cases. Only 1 left.
Half price bargains at £250 + VAT Maestro 'Ramirez ' model in spruce

Juan Hernandez Concierto
AAA cedar top, Indian rosewood body. Hand French polished. Complex bindings. Huge sound yet sophisticated and balanced. Sadly, arrived with a 2 cm dent on the top near the edge (case clip possibly?) and the French polish is not perfect as it may not have been totally dry when put in the case.
Normal RRP with handmade case £2595. Will consider any reasonable offer???? A fantastic sounding concert guitar. Pictures ready to email....

Kohno (Sakurai) Model 'Special' 2010.
Un-played in spotless condition. Spruce with cashew finish. South American hard wood body. A very powerful yet refined concert guitar. Rare in the UK. Look on the internet - silly prices quoted for these instruments. £4500 (no vat) - Free UK delivery including insurance. Pictures available upon request.

Dominique Delarue 1990.
Cedar with Indian rosewood body. In excellent condition for the year. Big round French sound. Very similar to Freiderich in feel and sound. Easy to play.
A lot of guitar for £2850 (no vat).

Camps SP6 Solid cedar with solid Indian rosewood.
Ebony fretboard with truss rod. Above average sound quality. Sadly arrived with minor polish fault to the back. Looks like button marks in the polish.
20% reduction. £572 inc. VAT

Prudencio Saez 28
Solid Cedar with solid Indian rosewood. Ebony fretboard. Ex-demo. End of line. Should be £700. Particularly big sound on this guitar.
Half price £350 + VAT

Sol Maestro model.
Solid spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fingerboard with ebony strip. Abalone rose. Double inlays all round. Highly attractive guitar in good condition - just a few knock marks. No cracks or deep scratches. About 4 years old. With JTL foam case. Cost £190 without case when new. Pictures by request.
£95 (no VAT) - Bargain!


Juan & Alberto Hernandez (2016) 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 of both Hauser and Torres guitars. This Torres model was originally ordered and sold by Maestoso in 2016. It is in 99% mint condition having been very well looked after and well played in by its one owner. It has a well balanced round tone and projects with a surprisingly powerful voice. It is comfortable to play with a pleasing neck profile.
£1795 including a hand made to fit traditional Spanish (Esteve) case. 
Juan Hernandez Torres (2017)

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).

  • European Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • 650. string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.63kg
  • 260mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • Construction:7 fans
  • Body pitch F#
  • French polish top

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)

  • European Spruce
  • Spanish cypress
  • 655mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 3.5mm bass 2.8mm treble
  • Height of saddle 8.9mm
  • 7 fan strut construction at 1285gr
  • G body resonance
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • Upper bout 26cm
  • Fustero machines
  • French polish finish
Manuel Reyes Fl (1991)
.German Spruce
.Cypress
.Cedar neck
.655mm string length
.53.5mm nut width
.Action 3mm bass 2.5mm treble
.7 fans
.1312g
.Peg head
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.F# air tone
.French polish

SOLD. Manuel Reyes is considered to be one of the very top flamenco guitar luthiers in the world. His guitars have a totally explosive sound, as can be heard from famous players such as Amigo, Franco and Tomatito.

Originally, Reyes was a player himself - but with a poor guitar he decided he could build better! Eventually he set up his workshop in Cordoba in 1949. Before he retired in 2011, Reyes had a huge waiting list. Sadly he died in 2014. From the end of the 1990's his son continued the family tradition.

This guitar is in outstanding condition and has a huge punchy sound. No cracks or noticable marks!

A rare chance to own a Manuel Reyes. Must be viewed. There are more pictures, sound file and the guitar can be seen in detail via WhatsApp. Any fair offer considered.

We also have an 'Estudio' negra model that also sounds wonderful!

Comes with original Spanish case in good condition.


POA
Jochen Roethal (2012)

A wonderful concert guitar by the much respected German luthier. Top quality German spruce and Indian rosewood. 650/52. Alessi machines. Modern Hauser school with low body pitch. Very comfortable to play. Excellent condition. Pictures to follow. £3995 SOLD
Christopher Dean (2013)

JUST SOLD A fine example of the British luthier from Oxford numbered 429.

Born in 1958 Christopher Dean is much respected as one of England’s finest makers of top class concert guitars, following in 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: 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 a particularly generous volume. The sound comes quickly due to the light construction. The top is in good condition with only a few minor marks. There are a few minor button marks to the back and a few small marks on the neck.
A joy to play - such a classy instrument.

Includes Hiscox hard case.

  • European Spruce
  • Indian rosewood
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 5 fan strut construction at 1.45kg
  • F body resonance
  • Lower bout 36cm
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Schaller machines
  • French polish finish
Ryoji Matsuoka M60

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.

  • Cedar solid top
  • Indian rosewood laminate
  • Mahogany neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 50mm nut width
  • 3.8 mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.51kgms
  • F Sharp body pitch
  • 260mm upper bout
  • 370mm lower bout
  • Fustero machines
  • Nitro finish
Simon Ambridge (1994)

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.

  • German Spruce
  • Indian rosewood
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rodgers machines
  • 64.6mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1344gms
  • 36cms lower bout
  • 27cms upper bout
  • F body pitch
  • 7 fan construction
  • French Polish

JUST SOLD. A wonderful bargain for someone. Taurus guitars were made in Barcelona Spain. Apparently, the Ramirez shop in Madrid thought highly of them and subcontracted the making of their 'Estudio' models to Taurus.

This particular guitar is a similar basic student model from 1974 - model 40. It has a very rich sound and the set up is as good as the day it left the factory. The frets are good and there's little sign of wear to the rosewood fingerboard. No cracks, just a few music stand knocks to the front. Otherwise in exceptional condition for four decades.

Sound wise, 4 times better than a modern starter guitar at around £450.

With original hard case (showing its age but still usable).

  • Solid cedar
  • Mahogany laminated back and sides with sycamore inlays
  • Cedar neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 7 fan bars
  • 1.5 kg
  • Fustero machines
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Lower bout 36cm
  • F sharp sharp body resonance

to include original case (in poor but still usable condition)
RESERVED

Steven Eden (2014)
JUST SOLD

.European Spruce
.East Indianrosewood
.Cedar neck
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
.7 fans
.1485g
.Gotoh gold plated machines
.Upper bout 27cm
.Lower bout 36cm
.G air resonance

Steven Eden is a well known British luthier based in Bexhill, Sussex. He has made guitars for many leading players including Mark Eden, Sean Shibe and the flamenco guitarist Juan Martin.

The Cadenza model is a concert guitar without the frills of fancy woods and inlays. The simple look is in fact charming and the price new is more than reasonable at £2250.
http://www.cadenzaguitars.com/Cadenzaguitarspec.html

This guitar is in good condition for a nine year old. There are a few marks to the top and some wear to the back but nothing untoward. The set up is on the low side for ease of playing but there is room for adjustment either way. Generous balanced sound.

Please contact for full picture set and sound file.

Comes with a quality GEWA hard case.
Jose Ramirez 1A Flamenco (1989)
.German Spruce
.Cypress
.Mahogany neck
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 3.8 mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fan bars
.1493g
.Upper bout 26cm
.Lower bout 36cm
.G body pitch
.French polish


JUST SOLD 'Ramirez', perhaps the most famous family name in guitar lutherie from Madrid Spain. For many years, the 1A model made by Jose has been considered a pinnacle of Spanish guitar construction, immortalized by Andres Segovia. This guitar does not disappoint. The scale length of 650mm (many flamenco guitars are 660 or 664) and the traditional 'peg head' make this guitar desirable. The pegs work very well which is not always the case.

The flamenco 1A model is quick and responsive due to its light weight and delicate strutting. The Cypress wood gives that dry flamenco sound as well as smelling so wonderful even after 34 years!

This particular guitar is in good condition with hardly any sign of use. There is a repaired crack to the top made many years ago. Having examined inside with a long mirror, there are three pleats holding the repair firmly. The sound is not compromised in any way. The asking price reflects the crack. All in all, a well cared for example with a long life ahead.

The price is realistic as many are advertised well beyond the £4k mark.

With original hard Hiscox 'light' case in good condition.
Jones/Rubio (1979)
.German Spruce
.Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4.25mm bass 3mm treble
.7 fan
.1508g
.machines silver plated Rubner with bone buttons
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 36cm
.F body air tone
.French polish


JUST SOLD David Rubio is considered to be one to the greatest British luthiers of the 20th century. Having spent time in early life as "Jose' Rubio in New York, he returned to the UK making guitars and lutes for Julian Bream and then settling in Oxford. He remained in Duns Tew until his death in 2000. He mentored a number of other young luthiers including Paul Fischer, Kazuo Sato and EB 'Bryn' Jones. This guitar was made and signed by Edward Jones in the the Rubio workshop. It was made in his last year in the workshop as he moved to his own in Steeple Aston in north Oxfordshire in 1979. Edward Jones now has a considerable reputation which has resulted in a world-wide clientele with his instruments being played in over 20 different countries.

This example is special due to its exceptional almost mint condition. The woods are of the highest quality and the the David Rubio 'plantia' and rosette are stunning.

The sound is matured, sweet, clear and balanced and very comfortable to play. The last owner obviously treasured this guitar. It has ben re-fretted at some point and there is plenty of life left in them.

This guitar must be viewed to fully appreciate.

Comes with original West Davies hard case and a letter from EB Jones.

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.

  • Cedar
  • Sycamore
  • Mahogany neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.48kgms
  • 36cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • 19 frets
  • French polish finish

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. 

Stephen Kakos (1985)


This respected American maker from Minneapolis USA has been building guitars since 1975. This concert guitar represents his work well with its generous open warm sound. The instrument is in very good condition with just a couple of minor marks to the top. The action is excellent and it is very comfortable to play.
Comes with original pod style case in good condition. £1995 SOLD
Stephen Eden (2012)

A stunning cedar top guitar by the much respected young Sussex luthier.

The instrument has a very deep round bass and a brilliant powerful treble.

The price new today is £4250, with a waiting list!

£1995 with original Hiscox case in VGC. SOLD
English 19th Century Guitar

A Panormo style parlour classical guitar. Unlabelled presumed English 19th century. This guitar is in original condition. Considering its age, it is in a solid condition and playable with a sweet sound. Frets are good and must have been replaced. The neck is straight. Most of these examples have missing buttons and pearls-but not this one.
There is a repaired crack to the mahogany either side of the heel. Comes with original flip open case and key! £350.00 SOLD


Cordoba C10 Parlour Guitar (2018)

A well made artisan guitar with quality woods in a smaller scale. Ideal for the more advanced player with smaller hands. The sound is sensitive and sweet and very easy to play. Only three months old in mint condition.

RRP normally $1495 - £1195

https://www.cordobaguitars.com/guitars/c10-parlor/

£865 including semi hard case with straps and plush interior SOLD


Juan Hernandez 'Concierto' (2017)

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

£1199 


Graham Wilkin (2009)

Graham Wilkin from Sussex, made this instrument in the workshops of Stephen Hill in La Herradura Spain. He was certainly inspired, as the guitar is constructed to a high professional level using top grade timbers. The sound is quick yet creamy warm and could be used as a fusion flamenco/classical guitar. It has Golpe plates. The neck and action are as easy to play as you might wish. This guitar represents excellent value and should be seen and played. Condition is very good with just small signs of playing. There is one noticeable mark (not through the polish) and other minor ones on the top at about 11°clock.

£850. Includes a hard case which is also in excellent condition. 




Stephen Hill (2019)

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.

Case included.

  • German Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Cedar neck
  • Gotoh machines
  • 640mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.45kgms
  • F/G sharp body pitch
  • 260mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • French polish

JUST SOLD Steven Eden is a well known luthier based in Bexhill, Sussex. He has made guitars for many leading players including Mark Eden, Sean Shibe and the flamenco guitarist Juan Martin.

This particular flamenco guitar (no.22) is in exceptional condition owned by an amateur owner from new. It has been back to Steven for regular MOT’s and obviously greatly cared for. The guitar is in as new condition save for two very minor marks, with hardly any sign of use.

The sound is totally explosive and really has to be played to be believed!

A new flamenco guitar from Steven Eden is £4250 and there is a waiting list.

£2495 inc.original semi hard case

  • European Spruce
  • Cypress
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 3mm bass 2.5mm treble
  • 1.26kg
  • 275mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • Construction:7 fans
  • Body pitch F#
  • Alessi machines
  • French polish
Alhambra is one of the best known artisan makers from Valencia Spain since 1965.

The model 10P at the time of this guitar was the top 'Concert' model, having all solid tone woods, ebony fretboard with ebony strip to the neck. It is pre the letter 'A' being printed to the head approx 2015 (which is 'Marmite' to most)?.

This guitar is in good condition and plays beautifully with a generous full tone. There are minor knocks and nail marks. Frets show little ware. There are small music stand indents to the neck. There is a crack to one side of one machine roller but it works perfectly and has been repaired. Being standard size machines they can be replaced and this is factored into the asking price but these could last for years yet!

These guitars are about £1500 new. Ask for a full set of pictures.

Comes with a usable black soft gig with straps and pockets.

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JUST SOLD Made in China to exacting standards for Yamaha Japan, a well designed electro acoustic guitar. The guitar is in exceptional condition with no dings or scratches. It looks as though it has had very light use from new. Sounds very well plugged or un-plugged. Easy to play. See demo below:
Now discontinued but new models are for sale at £599 and even at this price is very good value.

https://youtu.be/48YDSWne-Mk

.Solid Engleman top with cut away
.Flamed maple laminated back and sides
.Mahogany neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 3.8mm bass 2.8mm treble
.Straps studs
.Two way Art pick up system with preamp, three way tone controller and tuner

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

  • Canadian Cedar
  • Madagascar Rosewood
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4.2mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Lattice with nomex 1.68kg
  • G body resonance
  • Lower bout 73cm
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Gotoh machines
  • 20 frets back beck ebony strip
  • French Polish

JUST SOLD. NOW ON SALE - £2250 reduced from £2495. Ramirez, perhaps the most famous family name in guitar lutherie from Madrid Spain. The Special Professional (SP) model was originally designed by Jose Ramirez IV in the 1990’s, similar to the famous 1A model but ‘artisan’ made by the family to reduce costs. In 2003 Amelia Ramirez further refined the model and that is what we have here. It is beautifully made with top class wood working (even inside) and timbers.

The sound is generous and typically Ramirez. The neck is far kinder than the original 1A models and so playability is enhanced especially with this 650/52 scale.

This particular guitar is in exceptional condition with hardly any sign of use, a credit to its sole owner. Happy to send further pictures or video. The nearest new version of this model (SPR) is £4300.

£2495 inc.original hard case in excellent condition.

Sound file and detailed video available.



  • Canadian red cedar
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Cedar neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.8kgms
  • 280mm upper bout
  • 370mm lower bout
  • Construction - 5 fans with a treble harmonic bar
  • Body pitch G
  • Fine nitro finish
Federico Sheppard (2015)

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 and this one based on his 1927 Francisco Simplicio. The shell motives inside will be familiar to all those who have made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

This guitar (N0.59) was made in Carrion de los Condes. Sound wise it is sweet, round and balanced as one might expect from the 8 fan strutting favoured by Simplicio's mentor Enrique Garcia. The slightly smaller scale makes this guitar very comfortable to play. There is a crack to the satin wood on one side. This has been expertly repaired by the maker before even leaving his workshop. There are a few small marks to the top the head plate and around the purfling. The price of this guitar reflects its condition. A very fine musical guitar. No wonder such artists such as Pavel Steidl have ordered guitars from Federico Sheppard.
£2500 including a Spanish quality thick rubber case. 

Juan Hernandez (2015)

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. This guitar is signed by Alberto December 2015 and numbered 138.

The guitar can only be described as in "as new condition". It hard to find signs of use yet the sound is certainly "played in" and has fine expressive depth and volume. The extra decoration,top quality attractive woods make this rather special. The guitar is traded in for the new Maestro model by a happy customer wishing to up grade. Represents excellent value at £1350. 

Alistair McNeill (2013)

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 260. It is made with top quality timbres and with very fine attention to detail. The result is a very musical guitar that looks wonderful.

The guitar has obviously been little played hence the almost new condition. Just the one very careful owner. There are only the slightest marks and I have pictures of these (some of which hardly show any thing). The sound is pleasingly clear yet always warm. The balance is exceptional. The guitar is very easy to play being on the smaller side like the original Hauser models.

A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £2895.
Includes hard case. 


Stephen Frith (2017) 'Guijosa'

A very attractive guitar beautifully built with top quality timbers. The guitar is a homage to 'Hauser' and indeed it compares very favourably with the original. It has low body resonance with a balanced tone across the registers. The base sound is warm and creamy. Note the incredibly light body weight. The neck is very comfortable and easy to play.

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 




Alistair McNeill (2010)

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. 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 (2014)

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. 

 


.Solid Thermo spruce matt finish
.Solid Thermo elm gloss finish
.Cedar neck with ebony strip - Richlite fretboard
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.1642g
.20 frets
.Upper bout 28m
.Lower bout 37cm
.F sharp air tone


JUST SOLD In the spirit of sustainability, Hanika offers with the 56TU-N 210 an exceptional concert guitar from the popular middle class, in which exclusively domestic woods are used. Accordingly, a fine-grained thermo spruce top sits enthroned on a body made of domestic thermo elm and thus provides the Hanika 56TU-N 210 with a balanced and warm sound with excellent color nuances. At the same time, a compensated saddle made of bone delivers optimal resonance transmission, while the gold-plated classical tuners keep the tuning clean. In addition, the flat C-neck profile fits comfortably in the hand while providing soft playability. Last but not least, a gig bag is already included with the Hanika 56.

A very good value upper end German student guitar in excellent un-marked condition. Comes with quality Hanika gig bag. The RRP is £1545.
Yulong Guo (2009)

The Chinese luthier Yulong Guo came to guitar making from firstly being a player. His guitars are easy to play and have a generous loud sound. This one is in excellent condition with no cracks or noticeable marks. It comes with a foam semi-hard case also in good condition. His new instruments command a high price these days, making this particular guitar a good buy.
£1,450 


Pablo Requena (2004)
Pablo Requena originally from Malaga in Spain, made this guitar at his Lewes workshop in Lewes East Sussex England. It was one of a limited number with handmade mother of pearl rosettes. Pablo has now become a well recognised luthier and his new guitars sell for more the £4000. Here is a chance to own a stunning second hand model in used but sound condition. There are some marks to the top and the back but no cracks.The woods are of stunning quality. It is very easy guitar to play and rewards one with a strong mature, balanced sound. Must be tried.

The instrument has been checked by Pablo himself who was very pleased to see it again.

This guitar will require CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you.
£1995 
Federico Sheppard (2016) No.59

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. 


Arturo Sanzano (1998)

A fine artisan made guitar by ex Jose Ramirez workshop luthier Arturo Sanzano with his own apprentice Alfredo Gregori. The instrument is made with top quality woods. The woodworking inside and out is excellent. The sound is typically Spanish/Madrid - loud and round. Despite the age of this guitar, it is fine condition. It has golpe fitted which will have added extra protection from players nail marks. There is the odd small knock to the top and the inlay which is more than acceptable for a 1998 guitar. All in all a very playable large sounding guitar at a good price.
This guitar will require CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you. Price includes Hiscox PRO II case in VGC
£699.00 
Milestones/Wolfgang Jellingus (2018)

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. 


Vicente Carrillo Flamenco Negra (2001)

JUST SOLD Vicent Carrillo is the seventh family generation of guitar luthiers. He is a prize winning craftsman honoured in Spain with the National Award 2010. His guitars have been played by many notable artists including Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, J.M. Cañizarez, El Niño Josele, Rafael Cañizares, Javier Limón, Keith Richards, Josemi Carmona (Ketama), Duo Montes Kircher.

You can read more: http://vicentecarrillo.com/es/el_luthier.php?m1=1

This guitar is in exceptional condition and very well kept by it’s one owner, who ordered the guitar directly from the maker. Only the smallest of marks show signs of use and some ware to the frets with plenty of life left in them. This guitar was made as a protype to the Paco Lucia model that followed.

Aesthetically a very pleasing guitar with the bold rosette and chocolate coloured back and sides. As expected from a ‘negra’ the sound is deep and explosive. Must be tried. Listen to similar:

New guitars of this specification are £3450 plus tax.

£1995 with quality hard case

  • German spruce
  • Rosewood
  • Honduras neck (with internal ebony bar)
  • 655mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 3.5mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 7 fan bars
  • 1.67 kg
  • Upper bout 38cm
  • Lower biut 36cm
  • G body resonance


Stephen Eden/Vicente Arias (2017)

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.

Hear it:

  • German Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood with maple strip
  • Cedar neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 3mm bass 2.5mm treble (can be adjusted either way)
  • 1.6kgms
  • 270mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • Cutaway
  • Fishman Prefix Pro Blend
Rohan Lowe (2000)
Originally born is Malta, Rohan built his first guitar in 1993. He began playing guitar age 19 and 'fell in love with it' according to his full biography https://www.loweguitars.co.uk/biography/

In 1995 Rohan shared a workshop with Stephen Hill in Lewes, East Sussex. It is here that this beautiful sounding guitar was built. It is a model 10 based on the Antonio de Torres SE 83 (1885).

The attention to detail in the construction is exceptional, with stunning woods and a very elegant rosette. I personally visited Rohan at this time and he told to me that his work was inspired by the English maker Simon Ambridge. I can confirm that this is indeed the sound world achieved here with a bell like clarity in the trebles and a firm open bass and purity in all registers.

The condition is very good for a 23 year old instrument. There are no cracks or large unsightly scratches. There are a number of minor indents. I have pictures of these. There is a protective 'golpe' plate, that has saved nail damage to the top but no flamenco has been played. One Alessi button is slightly bent inwards but works perfectly well.

I strongly recommend coming and trying this very musical guitar.

A one owner guitar from new with paper work. It comes with a hard case in good usable condition. REDUCED - no offers please £1995.


.European Spruce
.Honduras rosewood
.Cedar neck
.650mm string length
.51mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
.7 fans
.1575kg
.Alessi gold plated machines
.Upper bout 27cm
.Lower bout 35.5cm
.F sharp air resonance

SOLD - £2250 reduced from £2995. 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 developed his own style of bold sounding guitars.

Concert artists Miguel Angel Rodenas, Takeshi Tezeku, Michinori Hashimoto and Jeses Gomez Llorente play Lozano guitars.

You can read more www.casimirolozano.com

A guitar with an exceptionally balanced musical voice and very sensitive to touch. As you can see, it is in ‘as new’ condition and is also very pretty to the eye.

The construction is a variation on Ignacio Fleta and this is reflected in the coveted even generous sound.

We have sound files and further pictures.

Note the new price for a Lozano is now €5000 to €6000 - there is a waiting list.

£2995 Includes quality case in good condition

  • European Spruce
  • Flamed maple back and sides
  • 650mm string length
  • 53mm nut width
  • Action 4.2mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • 6 fan grid 1.52kg
  • G body resonance
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • French Polish
David Rubio (1970)
   
.German Spruce
.Brazilian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.660mm string length
.52.5mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fan bars w
.1663g
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 36cm
.F body air tone
.French polish


JUST SOLD David Rubio is considered to be one to the greatest British luthiers of the 20th century. Having spent time in early life as "Jose' Rubio in New York, he returned to the UK making guitars and lutes for Julian Bream and then settling in Oxford. He remained in Duns Tew until his death in 2000. He made over a thousand instruments (violins, cellos and harpsichord's) and this guitar is one of his later examples signed and dated by hand and triple stamped as June 1970 No.211

It has the most majestic sound and a balance that urges the player to 'touch' a wide dynamic pallet of colours. The neck is comfortable and feels secure and easy to play.

The guitar is in very good condition with no cracks or major scars, especially accounting for 53 years! We have prepared the guitar with re-crowned frets and a small re-polish to the top just where the right arm lifted the polish. The guiar has anew saddle with old one in the box.There are some other polish shadows at playing points to the sides and back. The woods are top quality and the bear claw top is very atractive.

One owner from new. A full portfolio of pictures available. Sound files available.

An opportunity to own a top class historic concert guitar in original case with a CITES certificate.

POA

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.

  • German spruce
  • Indian Rosewood (three piece back)
  • Cedar neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.55kgm
  • G body pitch
  • 270mm upper bout
  • 350mm lower bout
  • Rubner ‘Roll’ machines with engravings
  • French polish

Sakurai Kohno Professional J.(2011)
 
A mint example.
In our experience, these are some of the finest concert guitars available today. For musicality, playability, projection, balance and sensitivity under the fingers, hard to beat. One of the best we have played. Also, exceptional value!  
Comes with original hard case. £2995 SOLD

JUST SOLD Sometimes you find something special in your hands - and this guitar is one of those times! Stephen Frith is a well know English luthier working in Sussex. He made his first guitar in 1979 and went on to study at the London School of Furniture with H Schwatz and M Gee. In 2001/2 he joined the workshop of Jose and Liam Romanillos in Siguenza Spain. As Stephen says "These were eye opening events in my life where many of my ideas were confirmed, and refined by one of the worlds great makers. I took the opportunity to work with both Jose and Liam to learn the techniques they use. Every moment during my time in the Siguenza workshop my eyes were taking in the templates, jigs, designs and methods."

This guitar was jointly made and signed by Stephen, Liam and Jose. As such, it is an historic instrument. It is in mint condition. Having played quite a few Romanaillos guitars, I can honestly report this instrument is what you expect as a player. The sound is balanced with a wonderful depth and sustain. Every colour is available and the guitar responds under the fingers with wonderful sensitivity. Must be tried.

Further pictures and sound recording available but please come and play this guitar for yourself.

  • German Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Individual matching inlay woodwork
  • French polish
  • 650mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 7 fan bars
  • 1.5g
  • Upper bout 27cm Lower bout 35cm
  • Fustero 'Especial Chromado' machines
  • F body resonance

POA

English 19th Century Guitar

A Panormo style parlour classical guitar. Unlabelled presumed English 19th century. It has a very pleasing full sweet tone. The guitar has been set up to good playing condition. Nick Branwell has repaired cracks to either side of the fret board and it is stable. The neck is straight but as with most of these black painted examples there is playing ware from the thumb. Most of these models have missing buttons and pearls and inlays but not this one. The guitar comes with original wooden coffin style case in usable condition.

£300 


Alistair McNeill (1987)

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 129 originally commissioned by Ivor Mairants Music centre in London under the model name 'Preludio'. It is made with top quality timbers and with fine attention to detail.

The guitar has a very mature round balanced sound. It has a recently re-polished top replacing the original nitro finish with French polish. This has not only enhanced appearance but also the sound. This was worthwhile as the top is of the highest quality with bearclaw markings. The flame maple body is also very attractive.

There are various small marks to the back and neck, as can be expected form a guitar of this age. The price has been adjusted accordingly and there are detailed photos of these imperfections.

An exceptionally musical guitar. Hard to find one as good as this for the asking price.

£1995 now reduced to £1499 with original hard case (showing age but still usable).

Stephen Frith (2015) 'Guijosa'
A very attractive guitar beautifully built with top quality timbers. The guitar is a homage to 'Hauser' and indeed it compares very favourably with the original. It has low body resonance with a balanced tone across the registers. The bass sound is warm strong and the treble creamy. Note the incredibly light body weight. The neck is very comfortable and easy to play.

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 

 



Masaro Kohno model 20 (1977)
Masaro Kohno is Japans most eminent 20th century luthier. He studied with Ignacio Fleta in Barcelona. Kohno died in 1998 and his guitars are becoming rare. This guitar sounds as good as they come, with a full even and balanced tone. The woods are of the highest quality. The mature tone is a delight and being a spruce top it has not become too dark, so there are many more years of musicality yet to come.

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) 


Richard Howell No.411 (2008)

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.

 

www.howellguitars.com

£2995 with a Hiscox case. 

 


Alistair McNeill (2010)

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.


Pablo Requena (2003)

JUST SOLD. A very fine sounding flamenco guitar by the Spanish luthier from Malaga. This one owner guitar was actually built from his English workshop in Plumpton Sussex. A maker who commands respect from his superb woodcraft and attention to details (see his luthier tutorials on YouTube!) The rosette in itself is work of art and one of the prettiest I have seen. The sound is typical of a light weight solid cypress backed flamenco - brilliant and quick. This guitar is has now matured and so has depth as well.

There is a Shadow pick-up fitted. This has been tested and works well. However, being an under-saddle contact mic, it can easily be removed or replaced as can the wire holder to the top.

The condition is very good for a twenty year old guitar. No cracks or major marks, although we have undertaken some re-polishing work to he back of the neck and sides. The AAA spruce top has mellowed to a deep honey colour.

A lot of guitar for the money. A new guitar from Requena is over 4000 Euro.

with original Hiscox hard case

  • Solid European spruce
  • Cypress
  • Cedar neck
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 3mm bass 2mm treble
  • 7 fan bars
  • 1.5kg
  • Fustero machines
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • G body resonance
Michael Lazar (2015)

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.

  • Swiss spruce
  • mahogany neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • 4mm bass
  • 3mm treble
  • lower bout 37mm
  • upper bout 29mm
  • 1.8kgm
  • F sharp/G body pitch
  • Wood lattice
  • Wood tornovos
  • Elevated fingerboard
  • Gotoh machines
  • French polish
Stephen Hill 1a (1998)
Guitar no.66 made in Lewes East Sussex, England.
A very fine sounding guitar with a low body pitch and balanced tone. Torres fan-brace construction. Italian spruce top, Indian rosewood body with elegant inlay work. The string length is 650 and the nut width 52 mm and is a comfortable guitar to play.The guitar has players marks to the top but no cracks. Hill guitars are now €6000 new. The British luthier has become world famous since moving his workshop to Granada and his guitars are played by many top pro performers. No.66 represents excellent value for money and comes with its original Hiscox case. £2250 SOLD

Nick Branwell Torres FE19 Replica (2018)

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.

£2200 




Malcolm Brooks (1993)

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 


Hernandez/Iranzo Preludio (2018)

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.

£499


Philip Woodfield GIII (2010)

 JUST SOLD - £4695 reduced from £4995. A very fine example by the award winning British luthier from Bexhill Sussex.

Philip Woodfield has become recognised as a top luthier having been making for over thirty years. Being a fine player himself, he has committed his work to making instruments that sound generous and play with ease. Although this path has led him to modern-day techniques including raised fingerboards, lattice bracing, sound ports and carbon components, his process of luthierie remains traditional.

In his own words:
‘I really enjoy the fine woodworking process and it has been a part of my life since childhood. My approach to guitar making is ‘hands on’ and organic. I limit the use of machines because I enjoy using hand tools and find that this makes the instruments more personal. I use traditional glue for many of the significant joints and the guitars are finished only in natural shellac’. woodfieldguitars.com/philosophy

This guitar is a wonderful ‘concert’ guitar with a particularly bold, deep and powerful tone. It is bespoke made, with extra goodies including a stunning Celtic Eagle motive to the rosette, head, machines and bridge. The condition is very good for a twelve year old instrument, with only the slightest signs of use such as minor players marks and a few faded patches to the polish. Detailed pictures and video are available.

This guitar is part of pair, made especially for a husband and wife duo. They are very personal and original instruments. This one is named ‘May’.

There is currently a waiting list of some years for a new Woodfield guitar. Notable players such as Scott Tennant, Ray Burley, Fiona Harrison and Guilio Tampalini perform professionally with Woodfield guitars.

Includes new CNB hard case

J. Guiot (1840)
RESERVED The French Guiot bothers (J & A) settled in London (1830-1850) and built guitars in the fashion of the Louis Panormo school of lutherie. It is said, they worked for sometime in the Panormo workshop in London (probably Greek St).

This partiular guitar is actually built to the design of Roundloff and is in excellent playing condition. It is clearly signed and dated by hand inside.
The decorations are beautiful, as can be seen from the elegant pearl inlays.
The machines with original ivory buttons still work as new! The sound is clear and sweet and could be used for those wishing to play 19th century guitar music on an authentic instrument.

There have been repairs over the years, yet the guitar is in a secure condition and has been checked in side and out. There is a repaired crack to one side which is closed. Only one pearl has been replaced to the bridge and a new set of bridge string pins in style. One fret has been replaced.

We have a large file of pictures and a sound file...

Must be viewed to be appreciated.

.Spruce
.Brazilian Rosewood
.Mahogany neck
.63.5mm string length
.47mm nut width
.1085g
.machines gold plated with ivory buttons
.Upper bout 22.5cm
.Lower bout 29cm
.Depth 9.4
.1085 gms
Roberto Pozzi (2013)

JUST SOLD Roberto Pozzi is a well respected luthier from Como in Italy. This is his STUDIO model. The construction is very light and the sound compares well with any top quality concert guitar, being very round with depth and creamy clarity. The Italian spruce top is 20 years matured. The cost savings on this model have been made with less inlay work and factory machine heads. If sound is the most important thing? then this guitar is a winner! There is a small repaired crack to the back. This simply has to be played to be appreciated.
Comes with original Rawlings foam case with straps. Real quality pro sound. Must be played.

Italian spruce
Indian rosewood
French polished
650mm string length
52mm nut width
Action 4.0mm bass 3.0mm treble
Very light construction with five fan bars

Pablo de la Cruz (1986)


Pablo de la Cruz was born in Madrid in 1927 and made his first guitar in 1965. The sound from this guitar is warm and particularly even. It is very comfortable to play as the makers son, played the guitars and helped in the neck design. Despite two minor cracks to the top expertly repaired by Rohan Lowe (and hard to see) the guitar is in good over all condition. There is some loss of polish to the back of the neck, which could be re-polished at some point. This is reflected in the price.
The guitar comes in its original Hiscox case. £899 
Pablo Requena (2005)

Pablo Requena originally from Malaga in Spain, made this guitar at his Lewes workshop in Lewes East Sussex England. It was one of a limited number with handmade mother of pearl rosettes. Pablo has now become a well recognised luthier and his new guitars sell for more than £4000. Here is a chance to own a stunning second hand model in used but sound condition. There are a number of marks to the top and the back but no cracks. The polish is a little flat in places.It is very easy guitar to play and rewards one with a classy sweet, balanced sound. Must be tried.The instrument has been checked by Pablo himself who was very pleased to see it again. Hiscox case in good condone save for one tired catch. This guitar will require CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you. £1795.00 
Tom and Peter Peterson (1979)

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. 

 


Manuel Lopez Bellido (1974)
'The man who works the wood sees in the guitar the ultimate goal of his work'- says Manuel Lopez Bellido.

Bellido is considered by many professionals as one of the main names of the Spanish Guitar. The great 'Tomitito' played one of his guitars in the same era as this flamenco guitar.

You can see more of this maker and his sons in the Granada workshop.
http://www.guitarreriabellido.com/en/manuel-bellido.html


You can hear a 1982 fl
https://youtu.be/r1XG0uSKgPc


JUST SOLD Manuel Bellido was born in 1939 and started making guitars in 1957. He is still making to this day. But I doubt you can get a new one now? This guitar is a rarity to the market.

This instrument is typical of its period, with the very essence of flamenco sound - rich and powerful and open sounding. The original pegs work well and they just make the traditional 'look' for a vintage flamenco guitar. One could consider replacing them with mechanical pegs and just keeping the originals in the case. But I really love these and the guitar stays well in tune.

The guitar has history and as such some wounds. Two repaired cracks are solid and done many years ago, so no reason to question their solidity. There are of course marks to the top and I have pictures of all of these. This guitar is an investment as well as a professional players instrument. Without cracks, the value would be nearer £5,000, so we have factored the conditon into our price.

The original case is just usable. We can arrange for a new one if desired.

Really must be viewed....


.Solid European spruce
.Cypress back and sides
.Cedar neck
.660mm string length
.53mm nut width
.Action 3mm bass 2mm treble (can be set up as desired)
.5 fan bars wit a mini extra treble bar
.1.135kg
.Original wooden pegs
.Upper bout 27.5cm
.Lower bout 36.5cm
.F sharp body resonance
.French polish

REDUCED PRICE £1995


Joaquin Garcia (2009)


Originally from Argentina, Garcia moved to Spain in 1975 and worked with the Valencia guitar factory Raimundo y Aparicio. He set up his own workshop in Malaga in 1982. His guitars are favoured by professional players for their light construction, easy actions and explosive volume. This guitar is a fine example of these attributes. The guitar is indeed very light and the wide grain top delivers power and balance. No cracks or major knocks. However, there are minor marks and this is reflected in the price.
Comes with original Prado hard case from Cadiz. £2750.00 

Nick Branwell Torres 1888 Replica (2019)An exceptionally attractive Torres replica by the London based English luthier Nick Branwell. The guitar has a warm sweet tone, yet surprisingly punchy quick attack. The wood working is eye catching with the detailed herringbone inlay work in green and the stunning maple 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 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 


Martin Fleeson (1978)

An opportunity to own a special instrument. This guitar was chosen by its single esteemed owner, concert artiste Neil Smith, directly from the maker. Neil has now retired and he wishes the guitar to be played daily by another musician. Neil has never had cause to change his guitar, as this instrument is acknowledged as one the best sounding Martin Fleeson guitars made. This instrument prompted many other players of the time to order from the Nantwich workshops in Cheshire. The guitar has had a recent re-fret, repairs to the back (splits) and re-polished neck. The original French polish is worn in places and there are many marks to the top. This could be re-polished too, but for the sake of the exceptional sound it is best left. Playing this guitar is indeed magic, the tone is sweet yet strong and very well balanced across all registers. The recent work carried out by Stephen Frith ensures many further years of musical life. One for the musician who puts sound above looks! The guitar comes with its original Hiscox case and a Neil Smith CD recording made on the instrument. Must be played to appreciate. Full set of pictures available.
£2,500 


Alastair McNeill (1997)
  • 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 252. It is made with top quality timbres and with a very fine attention to detail.

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. 


Antonio Aparicio JM Signature (2006)

A very clean example of this popular model from the Valencian maker. It is made with quality solid tone woods and is signed by the luthier. The condition is exceptional for a ten year old guitar, with just the one string slap behind the bridge and some fading to the back. The sound is round and full. The instrument has been recently checked and has had a new nut fitted. Comes with original hard case, also in good condition. £895 REDUCED to £849 
Federico Sheppard (2016)
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, will be familiar to those who have made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.





Pablo Requena (2005)
Lewis England. Cedar top with dark Brazilian rosewood body of exceptional beauty (no cracks). Original Fustero machines. 650 cm 52 mm nut. The rosette is made with mother of pearl inlays. This guitar was made in the Lewis workshop in Sussex and sold from there by the maker. Pablo, originally from Malaga Spain, has become recognised as a leading luthier.
The guitar shows some age with numerous marks to the top and faded patches to the polish. The sound is mature, round and big. An easy and comfortable guitar to play. The new owner might consider having the top re-polished? If so, we can arrange this with Pablo.
Priced according to present condition. Includes original Hiscox hard case.
£1595 SOLD

Marin Montero (2007)
JUST SOLD Marín Montero was born in Granada in 1933. He has been making guitars in Granada near the Alhambra Palace all his life. Montero is justly recognised as one very best modern luthiers. His guitars are light weight with an explosive, exciting sound, yet amazingly sweet trebles. This guitar is typical and a joy to play.

This guitar comes with provenance from the last (second) owner since 2010. This includes an insurance valuation at that time and a full appraisal from Earl Marsh with diagrams of the construction.

The condition is good for a 2007 guitar. No cracks or major scars. There are various minor/button marks and indents and polish fades as to be expected. The frets are in good condition and have been re-dressed here.

These guitars are collectable and desirable due to the long waiting list from Marin Montero.

'The fame of Antonio Marín has reached the five continents, specially Europe, EE. UU. and Japan. The most prestigious performers and teachers have visited his workshop. Despite the time he spend working in his workbench, he only makes a few number of guitars per year.'

The guitar will come with the original Spanish traditional hard case in good condition.

You can find out more about Marin Montero http://www.guitarrasmarin.com/antoniomarinmonteroEN.html

.Aged wide grain European Spruce
.Amazonian rosewood three piece back
.Mahogany neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fans Bouchet construction
.1535g
.Sloan tuners upgrade (not original)
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.F sharp air resonance

NOTE: Maestoso will subtract £500 to EU customers as half the import tax due.

Prudencio Saez 
Valencia Spain
A 'Requinto'. Solid spruce. Solid Indian rosewood. Ebony fingerboard. Nitro varnish. 54.5 cms string length. 52 mm nut. Highly attractive oval rose. A pro- level instrument usually tuned to 'A' giving a higher range for guitar ensembles.Originally sold by MM in 2010 to a guitar quartet, now sadly disbanded.
The condition is excellent. Two minor knocks almost insignificant otherwise mint - not even nail marks! These are also popular instruments as travel rehearsal guitars. No case - but can advise.
£495
Stephen Eden 2011
Hastings England.
Spruce with Indian rosewood. 650 cms. An almost mint example of this young British luthier who is justly becoming famous. 
The guitar is very comfortable to play (being light weight with a superb neck) and has a balanced refined musical tone. Quite a quick attack with a creamy depth. Projects well. Comes with hard case.
£1895 SOLD
Salvador Castillo (2010)
A fine sounding flamenco guitar from the Mexican maker Castillo No.306.
The guitar is constructed from fine German spruce and Cyprus.
The tuning pegs are in fact mechanical and work very well.
The nut is 52mm and the string length 660mm.
The instrument sounds exceptionally well with the capo on the 2nd fret and is of professional quality.
£1195 with quality hard case SOLD
Stephen Eden (2010)

Stephen Eden is one of the best known young English luthiers to emerge in the past decade. More information - www.edenguitars.co.uk This guitar was made in his workshop in Ringmer Sussex. This is a typically well balanced clear creamy spruce guitar and is responsive to touch. It is easy to play. The condition is structurally sound with no cracks or major knocks. However, there are a number of minor marks to the top, button indents to the back and nail marks to the back of the neck. Comes with original black case.
New 1a models are now £3600.
Good value at £1695. 
Camps M10 (2011)
A fine example of this attractive model by Guitarras Camps (Girona Spain).
The guitar has a good quality cedar top, ebony fret board with ebony back strip, cedar neck and a cocobolo double laminated body (matching inside). This gives the M10 punch and power, often associated with more expensive guitars. As with most Camps guitars, there is a two way truss rod (making the neck self adjustable action). Currently the action is 4.5 and 3.5 giving plenty of power yet easy to play. The finish is a fine nitro glaze. The string length is 650mm and the nut width 52mm.

The instrument is in good all-round condition with just minor marks as one expects from a guitar this age.
The M10 has a nail guard fitted as standard plus a string guard behind the bridge.
Price includes a black hard case with straps. This guitar new has RRP of £890 without a hard case. £499 SOLD 
PABLO DE LA CRUZ

Highly attractive inlay wood work.
The sound is warm and particularly even.
Pablo de la Cruz was both in Madrid in 1927 and made his first guitar in 1965. Despite two minor cracks to the top, expertly repaired by Rohan Lowe (and hard to see) the guitar is in good over all condition. There is some loss of polish to the back of the neck which could be re-polished at some point. This is reflected in the price.
The guitar comes with it's original Hiscox case. £899 

Dieter Hopf (1980)

Taumusstein Germany. Aged Spruce with Brazilian rosewood body. 650 cms. A guitar in exceptional condition for it's age. The original 'Artista' model with a huge sound.
Due to the instruments maturity, it has a refined, elegant and subtle variety of tone - surprisingly clean attack and easy to play. Comes with original documents and hard case. A guitar of genuine distinction.
£1750 SOLD
Vicente Camacho (1988)
Madrid Spain. Spruce top with Indian rosewood body.
Original Fustero machines. 655cm string length. 52mm nut.  Excellent set up and easy to play. This guitar benefits from a recent re-fret and sounds very clean with a sparkling even sound. Save for two accidental knocks, one to the top and one to the side and some loss of nitro polish to one edging, the condition is good for a guitar this age. No cracks. Vicente Camacho was born in Madrid in 1928 and originally (like so many luthiers) trained as a cabinet maker. He apprenticed under Modesto Borreguero (one of the workers in the Manuel Ramirez shop, along with Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso) from 1952 to 1960. He set up his own shop at calle Amparo, 3 Madrid in 1960.
Represents good value at £1250 including a Hiscox hard case. SOLD



Rafael Romero (2006) Model E

Cadiz-Spain
German spruce french polished top. Indian rosewood back and sides (lacquered). Traditional Spanish sound with good sustain. Some players marks but otherwise in good condition. Excellent set up - ready to go. Hiscox hard case.
£1300 SOLD
Juan Hernandez (2015)

Juan Hernandez was born in Turis (Valencia) Spain in the late 1940's. He began learning guitar making in the Francisco Esteve workshop at the age of 15. There he became an "official" certified guitar maker and later he became production manager of the Esteve workshop. For many years he has been involved with the construction of the deluxe models made at Esteve.

Now, along with the assistance of 3 artisans, he is proud to offer a limited number of fine guitars under his own label made of very good woods and constructed with care and expertise.

Juan's son Alberto has now joined his father and they are together making one of the finest ranges of guitars available today and are recognised world-wide.

This all solid tone wood guitar is nicely played in with a pleasing depth to the sound in all registers. It is a P/X and has been very well looked after and nicely played by a fine musician. It is in mint condition save for one small mark. The normal price new for this model is £999. £650.00 
JUST SOLD
.Solid European Spruce
.Solid Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fan bars with floating cross harmonic bar
.1.7kg
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 29cm
.Lower bout 395cm
.G body resonance
.Nitro polish

Juan Hernandez guitars are actually now made and signed by Juan's son Alberto, who is without doubt a very talented luthier. The whole family are well known makers of fine guitars from Valencia. www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/p-juan-hernandez

This guitar is the 'Concierto' model, large bodied in the Madrid school with fan bracing. All woods are of the highest quality. This guitar is particularly powerful with a clear round bass and a liquid sweet treble. The kind neck contour aids easy playing. Most comment on the attractive woodwork and very 'Spanish' look of this model with the bull horns head. RRP new is £1999.

This example is virtually mint with only the smallest signs of use. Sound file available upon request. Must be viewed and compared with guitars double the price!
Altamira N300CE Electro Acoustic with Fishman Tune
Ex demo cutaway model used at shows and displayed at a shop. Two years old. Has some minor knocks to the body. No cracks. Sounds lovely and is now just played in! Fishman pick-up with electronic tuner.
Excellent small gig guitar.
Solid cedar top
Indian rosewood bindings
650mm string length
51mm nut
RRP £495
Half price bargain £245 SOLD
Juan Hernandez 'Romance' 2013
A very crisp example of this hand made signed guitar. Only two years old and really showing no sign of use at all! Quality cedar top with attractive flared grain, Madagascar rosewood body, fine detail work to inlays and headstock. Nitro varnish finish. Sweet, clear bold sound. 650 mm string length. 52 mm nut width. Comes with hand made traditional style Spanish case, also in unused condition! This guitar retails new for over £2500. Mint condition.
£1395 SOLD


Gabriel Lodi (2010)

Made in Modena Italy. Gabriel Lodi is best known for his excellent restoration work to ancient instruments. However, he produces a small number of original guitars each year.
This one is inspired by work on the French luthier Robert Bouchet.
German Spruce. Indian Rosewood body. Alessi machines. Bouchet construction. Low body pitch (cusp of F sharp to G) gives this instrument a very classy sound. The ruby bass supports a crystal clear creamy treble. The guitar projects very well in the concert hall. 650 cms. There is a repaired crack to the Brazilian back but it is too small to picture. It is stable and secure. This is a very special guitar and would suit the right professional player. Only on sale due to new arrival. Includes hard case. Trying this fine guitar is essential. POA SOLD



Edward B Jones (1981)
Oxford England. Spruce top with dark Indian rosewood body.
Original Rubner machines. 650 cms. This guitar was made just after EB Jones left the Rubio workshop and is dedicated to David Rubio on the label. The guitar was owned by the RAM in London before the last owner. This is a top quality sounding guitar with a firm round bass and creamy trebles. It has been played a lot which contributes to its musical sensitivity. The guitar shows some age with numerous marks to the top and faded patches to the polish. There are two repaired cracks (by Jones) to the back. A guitar for a player wanting a top sound from a top maker rather than a collector. Priced according to condition and includes original hard case.
Full set of pictures available.
£1795 SOLD

Jose Ramirez 1 1905
A guitar of historical importance. It was Jose Ramirez (1858-1923) who taught his bother Manual Ramirez and his son Jose Ramirez 11. The family name is now of course legendary. Jose 1 also taught Enrique Garcia.
This guitar is in exceptional condition. You will not see another the same as it was probably a one off commission. It has the most wonderful bespoke Grecian rosette, spruce sound board and flamed maple body. The head is decorated with a delicate inlay between ebony pegs. The contraction is with nine fan braces. Despite the age of the guitar, there are only two small cracks to the top and one to the back. They have been expertly repaired. The guitar has a 650 mm string length and a narrow nut width of 49 mm. The sound is sweet, even and clear. It comes with a handmade Kingham case. SOLD
Telesforo Julve 7 String Guitar (C.1940's)
.Solid European spruce
.Solid Indian rosewood
.Cedar neck
.64.5mm string length
.53mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.1649g
.204 frets to F
.Upper bout 28m
.Lower bout 37cm
.F sharp air tone


JUST SOLD Telesforo Juvle (1884-1945) is considered and important Spanish luthier, connecting the Torres era with the 20th century School. He was a nephew of Andres Marin who also taught Richard Sanchis and Vincente Tatay in Valencia.

A rare seven sting guitar, most suited to playing romantic guitar repertoire by Sor and Coste and the Russian school etc. It has a warm romantic sound with good volume and balance.

The guitar has been sensitively restored by Michael Cameron in Camden London.with new fret work and repairs to cracks to the back and front. The original machines work well. One family owned since 1968.

Anyone interested in seven string guitar, really should come and try this little gem. It has a huge personality!

Comes with original custom sized case.
Paulino Bernabé (1980)

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.

  • European spruce
  • Rosewood
  • Cedar neck with ebony
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.63kgm
  • G body pitch
  • 37cm upper bout
  • 29cm lower bout
  • Fustero machines
  • French polish
Joaquin Garcia (1993)
A fine guitar by this much respected Malaga luthier (originally from Argentina).
The guitar has exceptionally clear, warm,loud, almost pianistic tone. This is due to the light construction and wood lattice construction.

The price new today is £5000 minimum, with a long waiting list!
The condition can be described as 'well used' with minor player's nail marks and other knocks. There is some loss of polish at the right arm resting point. However,there are no cracks or any major damage. The guitar plays as perfectly as the day it was made but probably sounds better.

It has a very comfortable neck profile and easy to play. Must be tried.

Price reflects condition but not the sound!

This guitar will require CITES if going outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this.

£1695 with usable original Hiscox case. 
Paulino Bernabé M30 (2005)
JUST SOLD This guitar is made by Paulino Bernabé junior born 1960. He was taught by his famous father in the family workshop in Madrid and has since become recognised in his own right.

The M30 is a beautifully built top end professional model now costing over £5000 new. Only the 'PB' signed guitars are superior. The musical concept is typical of the Bernabé tradition, generous round open sound capable of filling any concert hall. The instrument is very sensitive to touch and has a full colour pallette from the softest sweet sounds to a pleasing Spanish growl.

This guitar is in good condition for its year with no cracks or major scratch marks. There have been a number indent repairs to the top over the years and some knocks to the side purfilngs (see pictures). These are reflected in the price. We have re-crowned the frets.

Comes with a black semi-hard foam case in good usable condition.

.Canadian Red Cedar
.Dark Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 3mm bass 2mm treble with adjustable saddle
.Fan bars in a grid design
.1703g
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 29cm
.Lower bout 37.5cm
.F sharp air tone
.Nitro polish
JUST SOLD Juan Hernandez guitars are actually now made and signed by Juan's son Alberto, without doubt a very talented luthier. The whole family are well known makers of fine guitars from Valencia. www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/p-juan-hernandez

This guitar is the 'Concierto' model, large bodied in the Madrid school with fan bracing. All woods are of the highest quality. This guitar is particularly powerful with a dark round bass and a brilliant fast treble. It has a wondefully low tap tone on 'F'. The kind neck contour aids easy playing. Most comment on the attractive woodwork and very 'Spanish' look of this model including the bull horns head.

This example is virtually mint with only the smallest signs of use. Presently strung with carbon strings. Sound file available upon request. Must be viewed and compared with guitars double the price! Comes with a gig bag. Note: price of a new Concierto today is £1995 without a case.

.Solid Canadian Red Cedar
.Solid Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fan bars with floating cross harmonic bar
.1.7kg
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 29cm
.Lower bout 395cm
.F body resonance
.Nitro polish

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.


Juan Salvador (1990)


A quality signed artisan guitar in first class condition model 6AR. Hardly played from new. Easy to play with a pleasing warm tone. Purchased new from the Spanish Guitar Studio London with the included gig bag.
£550 SOLD

JUST SOLD A high end concert level guitar from the Takamine company in Japan. The label is signed and says hand fabricated, but the overall quality is of a luthier made instrument. The sound,feel and response is indeed that of a professional guitar. A real gem from the 1980's made from top tone woods to last. A new model is now £1800. This particular guitar is in exceptional condition for year with hardly a mark on it. No cracks. The set up and playability is a pleasure.

More info: https://fraryguitar.com/classic_guitars.htm

With original hard case.

  • Solid red cedar
  • Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Ebony fretboard with ebony strip back of the neck
  • Nitro finish
  • 650mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • 6 fans
  • 1.73
  • Upper bout 28cms Lower bout 38cm
  • F sharp sharp body resonance
Tom and Peter Peterson (1979)

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.

  • German Spruce
  • Indian rosewood
  • Mahogany neck
  • Fustero machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.48kgms
  • 36cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • 19 frets

JUST SOLD A very fine example by the British luthier from Bexhill Sussex.

Philip Woodfield has become recognised as a top luthier having been making for over thirty years. Being a fine player himself, he has committed his work to making instruments that sound generous and play with ease. Although this path has led him to modern-day techniques including raised fingerboards, lattice bracing, sound ports and carbon components, his process of luthierie remains traditional.

In his own words:
‘I really enjoy the fine woodworking process and it has been a part of my life since childhood. My approach to guitar making is ‘hands on’ and organic. I limit the use of machines because I enjoy using hand tools and find that this makes the instruments more personal. I use traditional glue for many of the significant joints and the guitars are finished only in natural shellac’. woodfieldguitars.com/philosophy.

This guitar is a wonderful ‘concert’ guitar with a particularly bold, deep and powerful tone. It is bespoke made, with extra goodies including cocobolo back and sides, stunning B.M&F snake wood machines and a beautiful cocobola plate to the back of the head. The condition is very good for a twelve year old instrument, with only the slightest signs of use such as minor players marks and a few faded patches to the polish. Detailed pictures and video are available.

This guitar is part of a pair, made especially for a husband and wife duo. They are very personal and original instruments. This one is named ‘Louisa E’. The other guitar is also available.

There is currently a waiting list of some years for a new Woodfield guitar. Notable players such as Scott Tennant, Ray Burley, Fiona Harrison and Guilio Tampalini perform professionally with Woodfield guitars.

Includes Hiscox hard case.

  • European Spruce
  • Cocobolo
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4.2mm bass 3mm treble
  • Lattice with carbon 1.9kg
  • F sharp body resonance
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • Upper bout 29cm
  • B.M&F machines
  • French polish finish
JUST SOLD Ramirez, perhaps the most famous name in guitar lutherie, from Madrid Spain. This is their crossover model with a cutaway and Fishman Pro-Blend Prefix built in pic-up. The result - an easy to play, amplified quality classical nylon string tone. These guitars are also popular with jazz and pop players.

This guitar is in good condition with only minor blemishes as expected from a 2004 model. We have a set of detailed pictures. There are no major marks or cracks. Light use over the years leave the frets in good shape. The Indian rosewood has particularly attractive markings. In general we find guitars of this era have very fine timbers.

Comes with a case in good usable condition

Note the new RRP is £2,250


.Solid Canadian Red Cedar
.Solid Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.51mm nut width
.Action 4 bass 3.8 treble with adjustable saddle
.Fan bars
.1628g
.Fustero machines gold plated
.Upper bout 27cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.G tap tone
.Nitro polish
.Fishman Prefix
Juan Hernandez 'Profesor' (2015)
.Solid European Spruce
.Solid Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.5 fan bars with floating cross harmonic bar
.1.7kg
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 29cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.G body resonance
.Thin nitro polish


JUST SOLD Juan Hernandez guitars are made in Valencia, Spain. The whole family are well known makers of fine guitars. www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/p-juan-hernandez
This guitar is the 'Professor' model, medium to large bodied in the Madrid school style with 5 fan bracing. Quality tone woods are used all-round. This guitar was sold by us from new and the owner has kept it in mint condition. The sound is now matured with a sweet treble and a firm bold bass.

The new price is £1259, so this represents a fine saving and comes with a gig bag.
Edward B Jones WS (1991)
.Alpine spruce
.Indian rosewood
.Ceder neck
.650mm string length
.51mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
.7 fans
.1.6kg
.Fustero machines gold plated
.Upper bout 27cm
.Lower bout 35cm
.G body resonance
.Hand French Polish

JUST SOLD EB Jones made his name as a guitar and lute maker in the 1970's, following his time making in the David Rubio workshop. In 1979 he set up his own studio in Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire.
With this experience, Edward Jones has gained a considerable reputation which has resulted in a world-wide clientele, his instruments being played in over 20 different countries.

Edward Bryn Jones followed in Rubio's footsteps, working with young luthiers and making works shop (WS) instruments. One notable apprentice was Nicholas Scott now famous in his own right. This guitar made by Jones and Scott together is very much in the Rubio/Jones mould sound wise. The guitar is in exceptional condition for 1991 and comes with a hard case (not original). The woods are of the very highest quality.

Sound file available.
.Solid Canadian Red Cedar
.Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.51.5mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 2.8 treble with adjustable saddle
.5 fan bars with floating cross harmonic bar
.1789g
.machines gold plated
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.G body resonance
.Nitro polish

JUST SOLD Raimundo is one of the best known artisan makers from Valencia Spain, since 1968. They are known for their sweet tone and comfortable necks. This is exactly that. Please ask for a sound file.

This guitar has had one owner since 2019. It is in good condition save for one knock to the top. This has been repaired professionaly and looks rather like a knot in the wood (see pic)

Comes with a quality black and red soft Hanika gig bag with straps and pockets.

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

  • Canadian Red Cedar
  • Indian rosewood with maple inlays
  • Cedar neck
  • Gotoh machines (510)
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.5kgms
  • 37cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • F sharp/G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • 20 frets
  • French polish finish
Casimiro Lozano (1999)

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 developed his own style of bold sounding guitars.

Concert artists Miguel Angel Rodenas, Takeshi Tezeku, Michinori Hashimoto and Jeses Gomez Llorente play Lozano guitars.

You can read more www.casimirolozano.com

The construction is in homage to Ignacio Fleta and this is reflected in the coveted even generous sound. It has a big voice and is particularly comfortable to play.

We have sound files and further pictures.

One owner from new.

Note the new price for a Lozano is now €5000 to €6000 - there is a waiting list.

£2595 including quality case in good condition

  • Canadian Cedar
  • Indian Rosewood
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 7 fans in the style of Fleta 1.59kgm
  • G body resonance
  • Lower bout 36cm
  • Upper bout 27.5cm
  • Nitro Varnish

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

  • European Spruce
  • Katalox rosewood
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4.2mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • 5 fan strut construction at 1.49kg
  • G body resonance
  • Lower bout 36cm
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Raised freeboard
  • Rodgers engraved machines
  • French polish finish
Stephen Frith (1987) No.40
For those seeking a sweet ruby Hauser style sound-this is it. An old guitar in amazingly fine condition. Hardly a mark and no cracks. Very high quality German spruce and Indian rosewood. 650mm. Thin profile, easy to play mahogany neck. Recently subject to a new nut and saddle by the maker. The original machines by Lansdorfer work very well. Must be played and seen to appreciate. Comes with original hard case.
£1750 SOLD
Juan Hernandez (2018)

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


JUST SOLD Rik Middelton from Coventry gave up teaching in 1994 and become a full time luthier. This guitar is different from the norm, in that it is a quality concert guitar in a small scale. Its heritage is obviously that of Torres/Hauser merging to classical ‘parlour’. The wood-working and materials are top class and attention is drawn to the attractive eyes on the back. The 60.5mm scale is ideally suited to a player with small hands but I have to say my medium size found the guitar comfortable. It also has a slightly arched fretboard to aid barré.

Rio Middelton has glowing reviews from professional players such as Matthew Sear who wrote ‘…the ease of playing is superb and the guitar helps me attain the kind of expression I need when performing. The subtlety of tone is rich and warm and dynamic range extremely responsive’

The condition of the guitar is really as new and a credit to its one owner. Please ask for sound files.

Inc.Hiscox Pro II (sized) case.

  • Engelmann Spruce
  • South east Asian Rosewood (dabergia baronii)
  • 60.5mm string length
  • 51.5mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.68kg
  • 268mm upper bout
  • 353mm lower bout
  • Construction:7 fans
  • Body pitch F#
  • Alessi machines
  • French polish

JUST SOLD A rare chance to own a Rubio/Fischer workshop guitar, signed by David Rubio and stamped Paul Fischer MCMLXXI. A point of history when the most famous British luthier of the time shared his workshop with the very best up and coming luthiers, later famous in their own right. Fischer joined in 1969, so this guitar was two years into the collaboration. Note - not all workshop guitars were actually signed by David Rubio, mostly just showing a label. A fine investment as well as a top class musical instrument.

The guitar is in excellent original condition, especially consdering it is more than half a century old. Only minor marks and some button ware to the polish on the back. The vine leaves rosette is stunning as is the quality of the woods chosen. It has had two owners from new, the last since 2016. It comes with the original letter of sale from Duns Tew.

To be honest, this is about as good as it gets sound wise for a spruce bel canto, long sustain and perfectly balanced tone. The guitar is easy to play being a rare 650mm example and projects effortlessly. You must come and try it…

Full set of pictures and sound file upon request.

Comes with original Paxaman case.

  • European Spruce
  • Pau Ferro with backwood insert
  • Cedar neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 3mm nut width (44mm string spacing also a nut with 43mm)
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up
  • 554grams
  • F# body pitch
  • 280mm upper bout
  • 367mm lower bout
  • Body depth 96mm
  • Fustero tuners
  • French polish

JUST SOLD An historical instrument 1a model by the legendary luthier Jose Ramirez III. He was born in 1922, son of Jose II and died in Madrid 1975 aged 73. His guitars are mostly famous for the use of red cedar tops (when all other makers were still using spruce) and the great player Andres Segovia who favoured his Ramirez guitars above all others. Jose told George Clinton in 1974 'I make sure that everything is done exactly as I want' - this shows here with the choice of woods and care taken in the construction.

This guitar was made at the same time Segovia played his ultimate 1a model with the extra scale length. However, this one is the standard 660mm, so more comfortable for most!

The sound is still clear and strong despite its age, with that sweet timbre common to Ramirez guitars. There are no cracks. Over the years the guitar has collected numerous knocks and nail markings but there is still plenty of professional use left in the instrument. Obviously, there is wear at playing points such as the neck and above the treble strings. I have close up pictures of these.... There is a personal label inscription inside the guitar to be seen with a mirror.

A very fine guitar to play that can only go up in value. Must be viewed.

With a newer Hiscox hard case.

  • Solid red cedar
  • Brazilian rosewood (pre CITES)
  • Cedar neck
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • 6 fan bars plus treble harmonic bar
  • 1.71kg
  • Fustero machines
  • Upper bout 28cm
  • Lower bout 37cm
  • G body resonance

JUST SOLD K.Yairi has a long history since 1935 and is still making guitars in Japan today. You can find historical details:

https://yairi.com

Like most Japanese constructed guitars, the build quality is exceptional. There is real care taken with the important details of bracing and set up. This guitar sounds amazing and the neck is as straight as the day it was made with no dipping to the top. It has a generous round sound with the low body pitch. The action and neck profile ensures comfort and easy playing. Of course, being half a century old there are marks to the top and dings to the back of the neck but no cracks.The guitar compares favourably with anything on the market priced £1750 upwards and as such will be a very reasonable purchase.

Includes hard case.

  • Solid cedar
  • Amazonian laminated back and sides
  • Ebony fretboard with ebony strip back of the neck
  • Nitro finish
  • 660mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 6 fan bars
  • 1.53g
  • Upper bout 28cms Lower bout 37cm
  • F sharp sharp body resonance
JUST SOLD Made in Japan to exacting standards, the Asturias workshops teamed up with the great British concert guitarist John Mills. The model was acclaimed in the 1970's as a quality concert quality guitar with AAA timbres and Mr Mills played many concerts on the instruments.

John Mills says "This instrument has been built to my personal specifications. Our aim has been to design and produce a fine hand built concert guitar at a moderate price.Tone quality, clarity, balance, sustain and volume have always been of great importance to me and I am delighted to say this instrument meets my highest standards."

This guitar does indeed meet this criteria in full. It has had one owner from new and comes with the original bill of sale and brochure from the Spanish Guitar Centre in 1987. We have serviced the guitar with a new saddle and set up and a fret dressing. It sounds truly excellent.

Sadly, there is one cosmetic fault, a slight fogging under the polish to back and sides of the Indian rosewood. It is more noticeable in some lights than others. The guitar has a reduced price to reflect this.

A very good pro sounding guitar with a semi-hard foam case.



Loriente Marieta (2005)
JUST SOLD Loriente guitars were the brain child of German master luthier Ed Blochinger. He designed a range of guitars in 2003 to be built in Valencia in homage to past luthiers. The guitars were sold in the US by Guitar Salon and in the UK distributed by Maestoso Music. The aim was to make professional sounding guitars at a student price. The woods are AAA quality.


The 'Marieta' model is based on the 2nd epoch of Jose Antonio de Torres with the larger plantia. The sound is bold and clear.

This one is in as new 'mint' condition. There is hardly any sign of use. As the guitars are no longer made this is a rare chance to own one. There are still the odd new Loriente Marieta advertised in the US priced at £2450.

A very fine pro sounding guitar with a semi-hard foam case.

.Solid German Spruce
.Solid dark Indian rosewood
.Cedar neck with ebony strip
.650mm string length
.52mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
.7 fans
.Gotoh machines
.1731kg
.Gold plated machines
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.Nitro finish
.F sharp/G air resonance

JUST SOLD Manuel Contreras began making guitars in Madrid in 1959. He rapidly became one of the most famous Spanish luthiers by the 1970's and his guitars have been played by many top concert players including the Romero family.

Contreras is now recognised as one of the most progressive of makers, developing new concepts in guitar construction. In 1974 he made his first 'Double Top' guitar and the results are legendary. Of all the many efforts to make a traditional sounding guitar with a vastly bigger sound, this is surely the best. Now an icon of the Madrid school, the guitar works with a second top placed near the back of the guitar vibrating with the upper top. He made the two tops of matching woods, in this case cedar.

These guitars are now collectable, rare and desirable. This one has had the frets re-crowned and the top repaired and this is reflected in the asking price. There are no cracks and the guitar is ready for professional use.

This guitar has one of the best sounds I have ever had the pleasure to play. Perfectly balanced, open and vibrant and the aged woods make for a mature clear tone. It has only had one owner from new.

The guitar will come with a hand made Paxman case in a cover, these cost a small fortune when new!


.Red cedar
.Madagascar Rosewood
.Mahogany neck with ebony strip
.660mm string length
.51mm nut width
.Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
.5 fans with double back in cedar
.1658g
.Precision gold plated machines (not original)
.Upper bout 28cm
.Lower bout 37cm
.G air resonance



Stephen Hill 2a (2015)
JUST SOLD

.European Spruce
.Dark Indian Rosewood
.Cedar neck
.650mm string length
.51mm nut width
.Action 3mm bass 2mm treble with adjustable saddle
.7 Fan bars
.1460g
.Der Yung machines gold plated
.Upper bout 29cm
.Lower bout 37.5cm
.F air tone
.French polish

RESERVED A fine example of this ever popular model from master luthier Stephen Hill. The Englishman builds from his workshop in Granada, Spain. We sold the guitar from new and the owner has kept it in fine condition. It was always and exceptionally good guitar with a low F body pitch giving a particularly round balanced sound. Now, it is even better! -  with a few years to mature into an ultra expressive musical instrument. The 51mm string width makes the guitar very easy to play.

There are standard minor nail marks to the top (ask for close ups) but otherwise an excellent appearance without any cracks or major blemishes.

See our page on this models: https://www.guitars-maestosomusic.com/stephen-hill-model-2a

Comes with a black traditional Spanish hard case in good condition.
Stephen Frith (2011) 'Guijosa'

£2750 including case


Particularly attractive guitar with top quality tone woods. The sound is balanced and full. There is a wide palette of colours available and the guitar feels expressive under the fingers. A fine concert guitar.

The English luthier Stephen Frith has been making guitars since 1979 and has studied under Jose Romanillos. This model guitar 'Guijosa', is the result of these studies. It is guitar no.416. Condition is good all round, save for a few standard players marks. There are on cracks or major scrapes. A top quality sound in the Hauser school.

Parramon (1968) and Peter Barton (2012)

A very fine and interesting guitar. Purchased from Casa Parramon, Barcelona in 1969 for 10,000 Ptas!
The guitar was likely made in the Taurus workshop, famous for making Ramirez at the time. Antonio Picado was an apprentice and may well have had a hand in the construction of this guitar.

The receipt describes the instrument as "a concert guitar top class".

The original top warped over time and the instrument was restored by Peter Barton in 2012 with a new spruce top, bridge, machines, frets and finger board. The job is of exceptional quality and result is very pleasing. Receipt for this work included. The original (crack free) Indian rosewood back and stunning inlay work, is more beautiful every time to you look at it and is in very good condition.

The sound is balanced, round and more powerful than most guitars of this period.




Sergio Abreu (2002)

Most guitarists have heard the wonderful Abreu Brothers Guitar Duo from Brazil. In 1980 Sergio retired from playing and dedicated his life to lutherie. This guitar is number 469 signed on the label and in pen inside. Abreu guitars are played by notable concert artists such as Fabio Zanon. The sound is even and projects well in the concert hall. The unusual sound ports do make a difference to the guitars volume.  A must look for any concert player who seeks musical class which this most certainly has. The condition is very good with only small signs of having ever been played. A rare guitar by a sort after maker. CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you.
Comes with hard case in good condition. £3600.00 SOLD
JUST SOLD One owner from new, bought from the Spanish Guitar Centre London where it was made! This guitar is in exceptional condition for 1964 and plays wonderfully well. Just minor nail marks and indents with some dull polish patches. I have not seen a better one....

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. 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 Hauser like 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. There is a repaired crack from many years ago on the bottom and is totally stable. Frets re-crowned and original saddle replaced by us. A joy to play such a musical instrument. A fine guitar at an affordable price.


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