Francisco Simplicio 1925 – classical guitar with famous previous owner – a real rarity and a dream in terms of sound.
Francisco Simplicio, one of the most respected Spanish guitar makers of the 20th century, was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1874. He first worked as a cabinetmaker and then learned the art of guitar making as an apprentice of the famous luthier Enrique Garcia. When Garcia died in 1922, Francisco Simplicio became the owner of his famous workshop and soon after he won the prestigious prize at the Barcelona International Exhibition.
This guitar has an exceptionally fine spruce top. The sides and back are made of very high quality rosewood. The ebony headstock has the typical magnificent carvings and is decorated with the original and extremely high quality tuners. To the delight of collectors, the guitar is still equipped with the original Tornavoz. The scale length is 648 mm and the nut width is 52 mm.
The sound is incredibly impressive – the guitar has an indescribable depth in every note across the entire register with a great bass and lyrical highs. It just has everything you would expect from a great guitar and is very lively and “friendly” with great charm and personality.
The ease of playability allows the guitarist to let his creativity run free, as one gets the impression that the notes literally jump out of the guitar.
Simplicio’s instruments with this sound quality are hard to come by, so we are proud to present this very rare and collectible guitar from one of the great masters of the twentieth century.
This guitar originally belonged to the famous composer Juan Parras del Moral (1889 – 1973), who received it directly from Simplicio. Juan Parras del Moral was a very close friend of Andres Segovia and is still known today mainly for his famous standard work “Método para guitarra”.
The condition of the guitar is good on the whole. It has several cracks that have been professionally repaired over the years. Our luthier has checked the guitar and it is ready for the next stage.
This beautiful Francisco Simplicio is the perfect addition to any historic guitar collection.
We found this interesting recording from Juan Parras Del Morral playing the first recorded version of Asturias in the 1930’s (linked below). In this recording he is playing on this Francisco Simplicio from 1925.