Amazing guitar by Gerundino Fernandez from 1995 – this guitar is the real thing, an amazing masterpiece with the true Gerundino flamenco sound!
Mariano Mangas (a famous flamenco guitarrist in Spain) was the owner of this guitar. In youtube are several videos of him playing this Gerundino flamenco guitar!
Gerundino Fernandez (1931-2006), is considered by many to be one of the best flamenco builders of the latter half of the twentieth century, along with Arcangel Fernandez, Francisco Barba and Manuel Reyes. His guitars have been played by many top players, most notably Paco Pena, Paco del Gastor, Tomatito, Juan Martin and even Eric Clapton.
This cedar blanca has a fast response and a big, woody, traditional flamenco sound. More precisely, the tone is clear and focused with a slightly dark texture – “Andalusian” in character – not surprising as Gerundino himself lived and built in the city of Almeria: birthplace and home of Antonio de Torres and the modern Spanish guitar.
This instrument has a few professionally very professionally repaired cracks – beside this the guitar is in great shape.
It plays great – the extremely lightweight build give it a very explosive attack, it has a big, raspy sound. Very similar to the famous sound of Paco Pena, who famously played a cedar blanca Gerundino from this same era.
Back and sides are of cypress and the top of cedar. It has a 660 mm scale length and a 54 mm nut width.
Overall, a wonderful concert guitar of a great vintage for the serious flamenco player and collector.
Artist biography of Mariano Mangas: https://www.labella.com/artists/mariano-mangas/
From minute 6:30 the guitar is played in this video:
A full concert with this guitar: