1963 Manuel Velazquez


Make: Manuel Velazquez
Model: La Mixta Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1963
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 655mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: Lacquer
Tuners: Landdorfer (nickel) 
Country: USA
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: USA

1963 Manuel Velazquez

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1963 Manuel Velazquez

6,000.00

Make: Manuel Velazquez
Model: La Mixta Flamenco Guitar
Model Year: 1963
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: European maple
Scale: 655mm
Nut: 52mm
Finish: Lacquer
Tuners: Landdorfer (nickel) 
Country: USA
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: USA

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Manuel Velazquez was born in 1918, and began building in the 1930s, he is widely consider a world class maker, and his guitars have been played by Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, and many others. From 1961-1964 Manuel had two small shops with several employees, one in New York City and the other in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico he made the models  "La Estrella" and "La Rafaella;" and his New York City workshop produced the models, "El Clasico", "El Maestro", "El Flamenco, and La Mixta." This guitar has been authenticated by Alfredo Velazquez, Manuel's son. He writes: "This particular model was named "La Mixta". A combination of flamenco and classical guitar construction which was very innovative at that time. This was built by the workshop with my father's supervision and approval. I affirm that the signature is my father's handwriting." I have seen and played this guitar. Over all the guitar is in very good condition. There are no structural issues, cracks, the neck is perfect, the action right.  It does have some obvious dings and scratches, and there is some wear and checking of the lacquer finish. Made of maple, it is a bit heavier than a cypress flamenco. This guitar has a tone that one just can't find in a new guitar. It has opened up and has a tone that reminds me of early Madrid guitars. such as Domingo Esteso and Santos Hernandez, at once earthly, full, bold, and powerful. It projects like a concert instrument.