The Spanish luthier Domingo Esteso Lopez was one of the great guitar-makers of the early part of the 20th century that apprenticed with Manuel Ramirez. After Manuel Ramirez died, he opened his own shop on the calle Gravina, where he was joined by his 13 year old nephew Faustino Conde in 1926, as did Mariano Conde in 1929. After his death in 1937, Faustino and his two brothers, Mariano and Julio Conde continued working under the label Vda y Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso. All these guitars are considered monumental and historical, some of them are shown in the great Museums around the world telling the most important part of the history of the Spanish guitar.
This is a 1944 Viuda y Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso guitar. Despite being a modest guitar, this guitar tells a great history, and it’s impressive sound underlines its importance, combining a punchy attack to sweet warmth and passionate dynamics that only come from almost eighty years matured excellence.
Its current condition is good, the playability is excellent and it plays with with great ease. Holding this guitar for the first time, and noticing the impressive low weight is a great experience. On the first stroke you immediately feel, hear and understand a great guitar maker had its hand in making this guitar.
The guitar is in a good condition. There has been some restoration work and it has been refinished with frensh polish.
It features a spruce top, Cypress back and sides. The fingerboard was made by ebony. The nut width measures 52mm width at the nut, 654mm is the scale length. It is setup with a low action and plays very nice.
This guitar has the soul, dynamics and personality only found in the greatest matured master guitars. This wonderful and likely unique guitar would be a great addition for any player and/or collector.
It comes with a fitting guitar case.