I have known & loved Manuel for at least 45 years. He lived & worked in N.Y. with Noah Wulfe & then when Noah retired, I took over his business & continued selling Manuel's guitars. Each one he brought to me was his "new baby." He later moved to Florida where he opened a shop with his son Alfredo. Whenever I visited him, we embraced & wiped away our tears.
I not only loved the man for his gentle manner , I also loved the maker of my favorite guitars. He spoke through his guitars as I guess all luthiers do and his were as sweet & tender as he was.
He is our great American builder & will always be revered by those who knew him & played his guitars.
Alfredo said he passed peacefully.
Featured in the Metropolitan section
of the NY Sunday Times,
March 2nd, 2014
Here is the Times's story on the Guitar Salon with videos.
"now the whole world knows what I've known since 1964 when I met you at Noah's, Beverly Maher is the soul of the guitar in NYC."
Excitement mounts at the prospect of the new arrival.
COMING SOON: A guitar by Kathrin Hauser IV
After a long wait, the guitar will arrive shortly. If you miss this one you can hopefully reserve one for next year. They are hard to come by. I'm very excited to finally receive a guitar from the wonderful, much talked about, Hauser IV. I went to Germany last year to order a guitar from Kathrin Hauser . She has been working alongside her father & learning the secrets of the legendary Hauser dynasty.
The guitar is new. The label is dated 2012, which is when the body was glued. Once finished, a Hauser guitar is aged for a year or more while it stabilizes to be sure there are no internal stresses. To delay the completion of a guitar while it adjusts to its new life is surely a costly step. Everything about a Hauser guitar must be just so - one of the many things that makes the name so revered in luthiery.
See the picture below of Hauser III , Hauser IV, & Maher I.
THE GUITAR SALON OF NY AND THE OWNER BEVERLY MAHER, ARE IN NO WAY RELATED TO GUITAR SALON INTERNATIONAL IN CA, OR ANY OTHER GUITAR SALON. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL.
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Building a guitar
Third Guitar Tasting
In this third video of the series, Virginia plays the same piece (the middle section of Verano Porteño), on all the guitars.
Some of the guitars (*) in the Salon's current collection can be heard in this video
1- 1964 David Rubio (*)
2- 2001 Aaron Green (*)
3- 2005 Manuel Velazquez (*)
4- 1965 Jose Ramirez MT
5- 1965 Ignacio Fleta
6- 2013 Jeremy Clark
Second Guitar Tasting
Some of the guitars in the Salon's current collection can be heard in this video
2013Simon Ambridge, U.K.
This spectacular guitar is an homage to the great master builder Antonio Torres . It is a reproduction of the Torres SE 111 1887.
Ambridge is an award winning builder, honored by the likes of Jose Romanillos, Jose Rubio & Daniel Freiderich. Its small Torres size body makes for very easy playing, although it is a 650 mm length. The sound is quite bright, being maple, yet has a rosewood complexity. This is a honey!
This superb Presentation instrument by Aaron green built in 2001 is inspired by an instrument built by Enrique Garcia. It is made from very old growth Brazilian rosewood, European spruce and of course, is fitted with sterling silver Rodgers tuners with dark genuine mother of pearl buttons.
The instrument uses snakewood for the bindings and the headstock, and the rosette is both Snakewood and black Brazilian rosewood.The sound is a rich deep full classic Spanish sound with excellent balance and note separation across all strings and across the entire fingerboard. The trebles have a strong fundamental that has the kind of richness that will inspire the player. The basses are smooth, well defined and deep.
These 2 men met while working in a piano factory in Madrid. They decided to make a couple of guitars which were well received at the Real Conservatory in Madrid.
As a result of experimenting with different bracing patterns, no two of their guitars sound the same. They went on to make several hundred more & to become recognized as amongst the great builders of the 20th century. Notice the ornate headstock & the elegant body.
The mellow, rich sound is indicative of their guitars.
An original case is included.
This guitar belonged to Alice Artzt, famous NY guitarist who studied with Julian Bream, Ida Presti & Alexandre Lagoya. She played concerts throughout the world with this guitar as the stickers attest to.
This is vintage Humphrey, with lots of strong bass & matching trebles.
Except for 2 repaired back cracks, it's in v.g. shape.
This is a double top guitar with Gilbert tuners. The woods are exquisite, as can only be found in S.A. Mardones traditional braced guitars haven't been available for years & now he's introducing the double top. There is only one remaining .
This is an introductory price. The next few will cost more.
The sound is warm, bright, full of color & romantic (as some one described it.) .
This gorgeous Guitar was built in 1994 by the late David Rubio himself (not a workshop guitar). It is made of some of the finest materials that I have ever seen. The European spruce soundboard has a tight grain seen rarely seen anymore and the very dark rich old growth Brazilian back and sides is very beautiful.
The sound is lush, deep, dark, clear and projects very well. It is very easy to play. This is a fine concert guitar made by one of the best makers of the 20th century. The guitar has the original French polish, is in excellent ++ condition with no cracks or repairs. Click here to view pictures.
1997 Robert Ruck, U.S.
This guitar with its Rogers tuners, is full of color & resonance. Rucks are becoming scarce & this one is a dream guitar.
This is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship by this Florentine master who was influenced by such world class luthiers as Bouchet, Friederich & Romanillos. Tacchi won first prize for Aesthetic Qualities & second prize for acoustic qualities in the 1985 "Concours International des Facteurs de Guitarre". With a long waiting list, his guitars are much sought after because of their balanced tonal qualities & projection.
This guitar is very impressive looking & sounding. It has a big,sound, perfect for a large auditorium. None of the warm, rich colors are lost with the strong projection. Dake has been building guitars for over 25 years & each one is better than the last.
This a wonderful example of the prime 60's guitars of Manuel, completely restored by him. There are a few repaired hairline cracks on the face, otherwise the condition is vg. It sounds like all his 6o's guitars,
like angels singing.
Manuel made these slightly larger bodied guitars in the 70's but not too many cedars. The sound is rich & balanced, good for classical or other kinds of music.
You can always tell a Velazquez by the purity of sound. This has a small mark on the upper bout, otherwise it's in good shape. This is a good buy!!
This is a brilliant guitar by the internationally famous builder.
His flamenco guitars are played by Paco de Lucia, Vincente Amigo & the late, great, Sabicas.
It's hardly been played but already shows the sound that the great
soloists desire. He has been cited as
among the most in-demand flamenco guitar makers alive today.
This is an old world flamenco guitar as played in the Tablaos (cafes)
of Spain in the 60's. It has very little play wear, lots of punch &
perfect for solo or accompaniment. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.