1984 Manuel Contreras


Make: Manuel Contreras
Model: 1a Double Top Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1984
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 660mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: Lacquer
Tuners: Fustero  deluxe engraved tuners
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Singapore

1984 Manuel Contreras

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1984 Manuel Contreras

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Make: Manuel Contreras
Model: 1a Double Top Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1984
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 660mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: Lacquer
Tuners: Fustero  deluxe engraved tuners
Country: Spain
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Singapore

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PLEASE NOTE THIS GUITAR IS IN SINGAPORE and is priced in US dollars.

Manuel G Contreras (1926-1995) was one of the great luthiers that passed through the Jose Ramirez III's workshop. Contrerasjoined the Ramirez workshop as a senior journeyman in 1959. It was Contreras who made the first José Ramirez guitar Andrés Segovia bought in 1960. In 1962, after three years with Ramirez, Manuel opened his own guitar workshop in the center of Madrid.  He soon earned a reputation as one of the most creative and innovative luthiers in Spain. The double is top is one of his best known innovations. Although referred to as a ‘double top,’ it is actually a ‘double back,’  that uses solid rosewood on the outer and a piece of cedar which is laminated on the inside. This system makes for a powerful guitar with outstanding sustain and projection.  The current owner notes, "I bought it about eight years ago when I started music school, and have used it primarily for my higher grade examinations. There is a visible string burn below the bridge as well as playing wear near the sound hole. The lacquer along the side of fret board is also wearing off. Otherwise, the sound is as sweet and loud as of typical contreras."