Francisco Casasnovas was born in 1816 in Palma de Mallorca. He began building guitars and bandurrias in 1845, opening his workshop at Plaza de la Merced 1, Palma de Mallorca.
He trained his sons, Bartolome Casasnovas i Fiol and Miguel Casasnovas de Fiol. When he died, his sons took over the workshop, building Casasnovas guitars until 1927.
The construction of their guitars was of excellent workmanship and the wood of very good quality. They distributed guitars to all Spanish cities, especially Santiago de Compostela and also built flamenco guitars, mostly for guitarrists in Andalusia.
They also received many orders from outside of Spain, mainly from Argentina.
They exhibited a guitar in the Barcelona exhibition of 1888 and obtained a prize.
They became also famous for a mechanism to alter string tension.
Even today Casasnovas guitars are famous among players and part of many famous guitar collections.
This guitar is a perfect example of a Casanovas guitar. It has a spruce top and a maple back – surprisingly the sides are made of rosewood.
The scale length is 642 mm and the nut width 50 mm.
The guitar plays very nice, with a low action and a comfortable neck. It has been lightly restored.
It has this great sound of the guitars we know from Torres. Deep basses and singing trebles. A sweet guitar to play the old master pieces. This guitar will take you to another time and inspire you.