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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.
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 collection can be heard in this video
2002 R. E. Brune, U.S. artist model
This 650/52mm with white Mother of Pesrl Rodgers tuners, double
purfling borders,abalone tie block, is dazzling in its woods &
craftsmanship. The sound is full of infinite color, balance &
The rosette is a copy of the 1912 Manuel Ramirez, played by Andres Segovia. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2001 R. E. Brune, U.S.
This beautiful guitar is 645 mm scale & 51 mm at the nut. It has Rodgers tuners & a Karura custom touring case. The sound is bright, colorful, easy to play, not to mention beautiful to behold. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2013 Jeremy Clark, Canada
This is a fascinating looking & sounding instrument. The designs & woods are beautifully constructed & the bracing is very unusual.. He uses small sections of tonewoods in a desire to treat the guitar as a framework for personal expression. All of his guitars are unique & the design work, individual. They will not likely be replaced & are truly one of a kind. It is acoustically well balanced with a powerful, non traditional sound. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
1965 Ignacio Fleta, Spain
This Fleta has a repaired front seam crack & a string ding(arrows). The back has several invisiblly repaired hairline cracks, seen only if
you look inside.
The guitar is not perfect but the sound can blow you away. This is a
concert guitar with huge sound, color & projection. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2011 Sergei de Jonge, Canada
Sergei has been making these combo tops since 1988 & they're very popular now. The idea is: the spruce in the center will give better support to the bridge while the lighter cedar at the edges will allow the top to vibrate freely. I sell so many of Sergei's guitars with any woods because they're so consistent in their balance, brightness & beauty. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
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. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
1975 Thomas Humphrey, U.S.
This is vintage Humphrey, the ones all the famous players used & some still do. The woods are very special, both top & back. I know that Tom had some extraordinary woods back then . Except for a few marks on top, the condition is really good. If you love pre millenium's, you'll love this one. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2013 Lubos Naprstek, U.S.
Aged Cocobolo Rosewood
Here's another Lubos spectacular. This is an exact replica of a Bouchet, from head to toe. I just sold
2 Bouchets & this sounds like their offspring. The workmanship, the
sound, all brilliant. If you can't afford a Bouchet, try this one.
The top is Italian spruce, the back is cocobolo & the bracing is 60's
Bouchet, that's why it sings. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2011 Daryl Perry, Canada.
Daryl Perry has been building wonderful guitars since 1982. After a workshop with Jose Romanillos, he learned some of the Torres ideas which he has expanded to make the most balanced, lyrical guitars. They've been described as having, purity, projection & punch. What more is there? Oh yes, craftsmanship, there's that too. They don't come through too often. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
2013 Matt Rubendall, U.S.
You've been asking for them. I have one of spruce & one of cedar, both with raised f.b. & extra frets. The spruce is pictured. The sound is very big but without loosing the mellowness & sustain. Click here to view pictures of the guitar.
1965 José Ramirez, MT, 650 mm Spain
- Made by Mariao Tezanos,
considered the finest craftsman in the Ramirez workshop.
- Excellent condition. Almost no play wear.
- European Spruce soundboard.
- Beautiful Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Rare and magnificent figure.
- Very easy to play. These are the best Ramirez guitars made before
they increased their fingerboard scale and fattened the neck profile.
- Comes with original case and original flyer from the Ramirez shop in
Spain circa 1960s
- Beautiful Spanish sound. This is a great sounding guitar!
This is the make of guitar that put the Classical Guitar on the map, in the first place, in the hands of the legendary Andrés Segovia, who toured and recorded with a Ramirez, that could not have been far different from this one.
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.
1964 Jose Rubio, U.S.
This is an historical Rubio (#9) from his N.Y. period when he based his guitars on Bouchets & Simplicios. The deep basses on this guitar are reminiscent of an old Simplicio. This guitar is very mellow & velvety, with lots of colors. Notice the arch of the headstock. Click here to view pictures.
1999 Robert Ruck, U.S.
1999 Robert Ruck with Gotoh copies of Rogers tuners, mint condition, rich tonal colors, perfect separation of bass & treble, it doesn't get any better than this. Click here to view pictures.
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. Click here to view pictures.
2005 Manuel Velazquez, U.S.
This is a beautiful guitar inscribed, "to my dear friend Beverly
Maher" by the Maestro Manuel Velazquez.
I don't play anymore so I'd like it to go to someone who will bring
out its glorious sound. I actually never played it. The woods are
hand picked by my dear friend Manuel, so you can see how magnificent
they are. The top has heavy bear claw (hasselfichte) & the back a multicolored Brazilian rosewood. Click here to view pictures.
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.