1972 Manuel Reyes


Concert Flamenco Guitar
Location: USA
Make: Manuel Reyes
Model: Concert Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1972
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale: 655mm
Nut: 53.5mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Very Good 

1972 Manuel Reyes

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1972 Manuel Reyes

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Concert Flamenco Guitar
Location: USA
Make: Manuel Reyes
Model: Concert Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1972
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale: 655mm
Nut: 53.5mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Very Good 

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Manuel Reyes (born 1934) is doubtlessly the most famous flamenco guitar maker in Spain that is still building. Manuel's stature is such that Luis F. Leal Pinar devotes an entire chapter in "Guitarreros de Andalucia" (2004) to him. Manuel only makes concert flamenco and classical guitars, building about 20 guitars a year. His flamenco guitars are in such demand, and his waiting list is so long, that he stopped takingnew orders many years ago. Manuel began his journey toward becoming a luthier when he was given an old, beat up old guitar that he tried to restore this instrument, unsatisfied with the result, he decided to build a guitar. By the time he finished, he was hooked. Later, he meet Joaquín Sánchez Galisteo, the luthier who his first teacher and taught him the basics of guitar construction. In 1949, Manuel set up his own workshop in Córdoba. Later he moved to Madrid to study with Marcelo Barbero (b. 1904-d. 1956).  Because this guitar was inherited it, I had the owner take it to a luthier for inspection. He writes:Very good condition: some nail dents from thumb up by the 12-13 frets, some dents below th golpe on treb side.  The only wear thru finish is 3" along base of golpe, treb side - easily repairable. Also some charming Capo marks on the neck frets 2,3&4. Some wear on treb bridge arm,  Some thumb nail dents on the neck. The action is very low, 2mm at the 12th fret on the sixth string, and 1mm on the first. It probably should be raised a tad, to increase the break angle over the bridge, which would improve its power. There is a fine crack on the top along the FB on treble side that would be easy to repair as well.