1916 Juan Moya Castillo Flamenco Guitar


Make: Juan Moya Castillo
Model: Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: c. 1916
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale:  655mm
Nut:  50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Restored Excellent
Location: Tucson

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1916 Juan Moya Castillo Flamenco Guitar

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1916 Juan Moya Castillo Flamenco Guitar

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Make: Juan Moya Castillo
Model: Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: c. 1916
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Spanish Cypress
Scale:  655mm
Nut:  50mm
Finish: French polish
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Spain
Condition: Restored Excellent
Location: Tucson

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Juan Moya Castillo was born in Almería around 1875, and was the son of Miguel Moya Redondo, and learned his craft from his father. Antonio Torres had a very close relationship with the Moya family, and with Miguel Moya Redondo in particular, authorizing him to call himself a "disciple of Antonio de Torres" on his labels.  Juan Moya would have grown up with Don Antonio de Torres, and no doubt benefited from his instruction as well. His own guitar are strongly influenced by those of Torres.  Juan earned his living making cabinets and guitars.  He married Francisca San Juan Pardo and they had six children, In 1910 they are recorded as living on the Calle Caravaca in Almeria. They had a son, Sebastian, who became a cabinet maker, but does not appear to have made guitars. Juan had a workshop at La Palma No 33.   On his label he advertised he made guitarras, bandurias, and guitarros (a descendent of the baroque guitar with five double stringed courses that survives as a folk instrument in Aragon and Murcia). He died around 1937.

This guitar is not dated, so we have estimated it at mid-career c. 1916. Like many of Torres' guitars, this instrument is made with a three piece top. The three piece back is also something that Torres frequently did. The guitar has five fan braces, but does not have the kite braces. The tone of this guitar is exceptional. Its clarity of tone, I have only seen in couple other guitars, and it is a cannon, very loud, very responsive, very flamenco.