2009 Manuel Adalid
2009 Manuel Adalid
Make: Manuel Adalid
Model: Emperor Model Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 2009
Top: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Cocobolo rosewood
Finish: French Polish
Tuners: Deluxe Tuners
Note: NOTES: This guitar contains rosewood (dalbergia), and cannot be exported without a CITES permit.
Manuel Adalid (b. 1951) is a second generation luthier, and head luthier at Esteve. He is widely respected in Spain as among the most experimental and innovative guitar makers in Spain. Although the Esteve makes production guitars, Manuel Adalid maintains his own workshop within Esteve, where he carries on experiments. Made exclusively for Zavaleta's, the Emperor model concert classical guitar is a product of his investigations. It is built using the latest techniques, raised 20 fret fingerboard, twelve hole tie block on the bridge, and a nomex sandwich top, with carbon fan bracing to produce an instrument of great power and volume, without sacrificing the distinctive character and bold sound of a Spanish guitar. The trebles are focused, sweet, and polished. The basses are crisp and firm. It is well-balanced, even, and sings in every register. It has great intonation, and is setup perfectly. It is a guitar truly worthy of a professional player. The guitar has a few marks: the most noticable being a string burn near the string protector, a ding on the top near the bottom corner,, and a stratch on the opposite corner, light scratches under the strings and near the 12th fret. The set up is perfect, and there is enough bone in the saddle to lower the action should tha ever be required. The owner has set this guitar up to use a Gitano guitar support, so there is a piece of clear plastic on its bottom side to which it can be attached. It comes with a case, cleaning cloth, Oasis humidifier, the Gitano guitar support, and an extra set of strings.