Hermanos Conde “Flamenca Negra” from the 70’s – a very nice guitar in the style of a Domingo Esteso!
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 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 quite special. Built in the style of a Domingo Esteso in the workshop of calle Pozuelo de Alarcon. There is no date on the label as it was usual for this Conde workshop. It can be dated to the early 70’s.
The top is made of fine spruce. Back and sides are made of pear wood – a very nice tonewood which Ramirez, Conde and all leading shops used, beside rosewood, for their so called “negra” guitars.
It has 650 mm scale length and 52 mm nut width.
The guitar offers an absolutely furious sound. It that sound which is so familliar to us from the recordings of the great masters and especially the videos of Paco de Lucia.
This guitars leaves no wishes unfulfilled. It is absolutely powerful and has a great dynamic to the sound. The basses are very deep. The trebles are clear and precise. This guitar is a pleasure for the player and listener at the same time. The sound has developped a very nice and charming vintage quality.
It is well adjusted with a perfect action and a straight neck.
The condition is very good … it has only a tiny repair on the top. The guitar is all original and in fantastic condition for its age.
It comes with the original case.