Manuel De La Chica / 1966 Flamenco Guitar Spruce/Cypress / 1966 / French Polish / Guitar For Sale
- Year: 1966
- Country: Spain
- Back & Sides: Cypress
- Top: Spruce
- Scale Length: 665mm
- Finish: French Polish
- Nut Width: 51mm
- Case: Yes
Manuel de la Chica is arguably the greatest builder from Granada to date. He was born in 1911, and his early professional background was in cabinet making, as is the case for countless other fine guitar makers. His focus shifted to guitar making in the late 1930s when he had seen and become attracted to the Spanish guitar, primarily those of Santos Hernandez. Often his instruments are compared to the later guitars of Marcelo Barbero (who assisted in the construction of several Santos guitars left partially built at the time of his death) which we feel is a very strong and fair comparison.
In 1973 he was forced into early retirement from guitar making due to health complications he was experiencing from inhaling dust and chemicals in his taller. From his early departure until his death in 1998, his instruments fell into relative obscurity, however in the past 10 years or so, there has been renewed interest and a re-evaluation of his work has convinced many that his contribution, skill and insight into the art of guitar making has established him as one of the great makers of all time.
This is a monster of a mid-century style flamenco blanca and as good a representative of this style as any instrument by any other maker from the period. It is featherlight, has a huge, raspy sound and great flamenco bark with piercing volume. Yet if coaxed, it has a lyrical, singing quality to it yet at the same time. This is an extremely versatile instrument that has incredibly livliness and energy. It's in great condition for its age - apart from a couple of small, well-repaired cracks in the sides, it is in excellent shape. Although a longer scale instrument, playability is a breeze, as is the norm for this maker. This is an exceptional instrument in every regard from this great builder.
Guitar Salon International, USA
Founded in 1983, Guitar Salon International (GSI) is the world’s largest dealer of concert-level classical and flamenco guitars. For over 35 years now, we serve players, collectors and aficionados by offering the best hand-built instruments of leading young guitar makers as well as those of established historical masters. In this process, we acquire and sell many of the most desirable instruments in history, and we subsequently help to assemble important private collections. With the involvement of top concert artists (including Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, Marc Teicholz, Andrew York and others), GSI showcases several exceptional guitars through audio, video, studio-CD and live concert recordings.
Guitar Salon International established the GSI Foundation in 2011 after receiving public donations aimed at community development. The Foundation’s mission is to help develop the local community by raising money to support music education in public schools. These local schools are then offered assistance to pay teachers, provided with instruments for students who cannot afford them, and supplied with musicians for performances that can inspire kids to play a musical instrument.
GSI will gladly send a guitar anywhere in the world for trial and approval. Our approval period is 48 hours from the time the instrument is received. If a return is requested within 48 hours of the guitar's arrival, a full refund will be issued*** (less shipping charges and assuming original condition), or another guitar can be sent on trial.
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***Note: B-Stock, New Old Stock, and used items are not subject to an approval period. They are sold "as is" and are eligible for exchange only if the item arrives damaged or not as described.
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