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1968 Manuel Reyes SP/CY

Year 1968
Top Spruce
Back & Sides Cypress
Scale Length 656 mm
Nut width 50 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Spain
Condition Excellent
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Luthier Manuel Reyes

$15,000.00

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This guitar is easy to play and has all the richness necessary for solo performing. The tone of this instrument is sweet, beautiful and lyrical while retaining the bite and energy of flamenco: when playing melodically, it sings like a human voice, but also awakens with a tremendous bark when pushed harder. The strong, voice-like trebles are balanced by it’s big low-end that is full but not boomy. As sweet as the tone is, it still has the aggressive response when pushed in the right direction - rasguedos in particular are quite explosive and powerful. Playability is super easy, with easy, soft action. It's a very lightweight instrument, very much in the style of the great mid-century flamencos. Condition is excellent with no repairs or cracks - only the some expected wear in the finish on a guitar that is over half a century old. A previous owner also installed a very charming brass hat (with initials AM) and wineglass relief on the head veneer. Fantastic example from this legendary maker.

The late Manuel Reyes (1934-2014) of Cordoba is considered to be the greatest and most sought-after flamenco builder of the latter half of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st. For more than half a century he has been known for his superb workmanship and authentic Andalusian flamenco sound - he has always constructed his guitars in the heart of the old quarter of Cordoba, in the deep south of Spain. His guitars have been played by dozens of flamenco professionals internationally, perhaps most notably being Vicente Amigo and Paco Serrano.

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1968 Manuel Reyes SP/CY

The Chantays' "Pipeline" performed by Eric Henderson on a 1968 Manuel Reyes