When it comes to Flamenco guitars, one name stands out:
“Conde Hermanos – Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso”.
Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, Pepe Habichuela, Nino Josele, Tomatito, Moraito – and almost all great flamenco artists played and play “Conde Hermanos” and those who love the sound of Paco de Lucia will soon or later consider to buy one of those guitars.
What is behind these guitars and why are they world famous?
Conde Hermanos are not simply guitar builders like others, no, they have probably written flamenco history like no one else. The three brothers Faustino, Julio and Mariano started to build guitars for Domingo Esteso. He was the great master, head and trainer in their early years.
After the death of Esteso the three brothers started little by little to built instruments in their own style. First with the label Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso, but in the beginning of the 60s, it was not easy to make a living by selling flamenco guitars.
When the young Paco de Lucia finally became aware of Conde at the end of the 60s beginning of the 70s – he had previously played Ramirez – they had created their own type of guitar, with incredibly strong basses and singing trebles – simply brilliant flamenco guitars.
Paco was seen from then on almost exclusively with Conde, which naturally found its imitators due to the popularity of Paco. In the old TV recordings of the 70s there is almost no young guitarist who didn’t play Conde.
Faustino Conde, who is considered to be in charge of the construction of the old Condes, has written flamenco history.
This legend of the Condes has remained to this day.
This guitar is an impressive example of the art of guitar building at Conde. An instrument that is wonderfully suitable for all kinds of flamenco music and has a great sound quality. It has the incomparable bass and razor-sharp tone for which Conde is famous. The guitar responds very fast.
The beautiful cypress wood supports this great sound and gives the guitar a passionate and charming nuance, which then leads to this beautiful “whiny” tone.
The condition of this guitar is new. It was built as a limited edition model for the 100 years anniversary of Conde Hermanos. It has first been part of the collection of a musician, before it came to us.
The saddle width is 52 mm and the scale is 660 mm. The top is made of spruce and the back and the sides are made of cypress.