2012 Antonio Marin Montero Concert Classical Guitar


Make: Antonio Marin Montero
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 2012
Top: German Spruce
Concert Classical Guitar

Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Rogers
Country: Spain
Condition: Mint
Location: USA

2012 Antonio Marin Montero Concert Classical Guitar

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2012 Antonio Marin Montero Concert Classical Guitar

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Make: Antonio Marin Montero
Model: Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 2012
Top: German Spruce
Concert Classical Guitar

Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Rogers
Country: Spain
Condition: Mint
Location: USA

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Antonio Marin Montero, born 1933, is a luthier in Granada, widely considered among Spain's finest guitar makers, and a luthier's luthier. Antonio began his working life as a cabinet-maker, and had earned a good reputation, when his teacher died, he inherited his workshop, and in 1960 began making guitars, with Manuel Bellido--who had apprenticed with Eduardo Ferrer.  At first, they built guitars for other shops, e.g. Manuel de la Chica and Eduardo Ferrer.  This partnership lasted until 1973. One of the milestones, in Antonio career was his collaboration with Robert Bouchet, a French artist, teacher of fine arts, and luthier, who was eight when they met. In 1977, they collaborated in  designing and making a guitar-- the result was a stronger guitar than either had made previously.  One of the innovations to come out of their collaboration was the Marin-Bouchet bar under the bridge--a feature that has since been adopted by nearly every Granada maker. Antonio is truly the dean of the Granada school, among the guitar makers who have learned their craft with him are: Paco Santiago Marin, Thomas Redlin, Kojiro Nejime, Jose Marin Plazuelo, Jose Gonzalez Lopez, and Juan Antonio Correa, many others acknowledge that they have benefited from his advice and friendship. Antonio now in his 80s, continues building-- although at a much slower rate.

This Antonio Marin was made in 2012, and is perhaps the best example of Antonio's work I have had the opportunity to play. This guitar belongs to a professor of guitar at a major university, who has decided to sell a few of his guitars. 

This guitar is in absolutely mint condition. There are no issues whatsoever.  It is set up perfectly, and plays like a dream. The sound is quintessential Antonio Marin, with cello like basses, and full juicy trebles.