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Manuel Contreras 1A Especial Spruce Top Classical Guitar Rio

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Manuel Contreras 1995 1A Especial Spruce Top Classical Guitar

Top Solid Spruce

Back and Sides Solid Indian Rosewood

Fingerboard Ebony

Width at Nut 52mm

Scale Length 65cm

Hard Case Included In OK Condition

This guitar is in almost perfect condition bar one mark below the bridge where the 1st String has slipped. Surface mark only.

This is an excellent example of the typical sound of the Contreras.

Beautiful clarity, volume and a resonance which does not overpower.

Easy to play, very good action and great shaped neck.

Manuel Contreras, born in Madrid in 1928, began his professional activity as a guitar builder from the advantageous position of being a sought after cabinetmaker of great prestige.

It was José Ramírez third who, in 1959, and knowing his great reputation, proposed to join his guitar workshop. Within three years he had sufficiently developed his skill in the trade to establish himself, in 1962, as an independent guitar builder in Madrid.

Although Contreras should not be considered as a luthier opposed to tradition, his work shows a much more open constructor than most of his contemporaries to new ideas and developments, which led him to work, since the early 1970s , in various unusual instruments.

His first achievement, in this sense, was the design of the "Double Top" model, presented by Contreras in 1974, after several experiments in order to improve the sound, volume and projection of the instrument. The great acceptance that this model quickly obtained within the world of professional classical guitar (the first copies were followed in its construction and later used by the four and mythical guitarists members of the Romero family) encouraged Contreras to continue his work in this line innovative, far from the main stream of classical guitar design.

To this time also belong the copies of "Guitar-Arpa", model very elaborate in its construction, of great beauty of line and great sonorous power. As well as the model "High Guitar", instrument of smaller size and tuning more acute than the conventional guitar. This instrument has been specially requested and appreciated since then until our days by the members of the prestigious Niibori Guitars Orchestra of Japan.

The "Carlevaro" model was built by Contreras in 1983. Based on an idea of ​​the Uruguayan master Abel Carlevaro, he incorporates several elements of great originality, such as the absence of a waist in the bass area and mouth on the top.

In the mid-1980s, Contreras devised the "Resonance Fund," a design he developed, in close collaboration with his second son, Manuel Contreras, for several years until finally incorporating him to his higher-end guitars. Specially designed to improve the sound response of the guitar in large theaters, chamber music formations and performances with orchestra.

Manuel Contreras died in 1994. His son then continued the work he undertook.

Born in 1957, Manuel Contreras second, learned the trade with his father from a very early age, and finally joined the workshop in 1986. Since then, the Contreras house, as showing the innovative spirit inherited from his father that led him to develop widely different aspects of the construction of such models, as well as to present, in 1998, the guitar with internal "Resonance Fund" or model 10º Anniversary, winner of the "International Convocation of Guitars Joaquin Rodrigo" on November 17, 2000 and much appreciated since then and until today between professional guitarists and guitar lovers in general.

Victoria Velasco joined the team of the Contreras house in 1989 contributing since then her training as a teacher of classical guitar by the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid and her knowledge of languages, to take both the public relations of the house and the test of all instruments and prototypes built in the workshop before its commercialization or delivery to the client.

The work of the Contreras house has been distinguished over the years with numerous awards and tributes received both in Spain and in many other countries, among which stand out those granted by the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid to the Exportation, Traditional Establishment and Traditional Artisan Madrileño, the Spanish School of Guitar as Honorary Member of the same, the Tourism Board as Friend of Madrid, the Master of the Artisans Guild of Madrid, the medals of the Salon de Provence and the city ​​of Digne in France, among others. Although undoubtedly, the greatest recognition, is that every day demonstrate the many professionals who make the guitar Contreras in the stages of the world.

London Guitar Studio - Tue Nov 20 13:44:51 GMT 2018 [web3]