Josef Benedid Diaz (1760-1836) was one of the most important makers of the Cádiz school and among the early users of fan bracing. He was also the teacher of the elder Pages.
His guitars were so important that even Panormo in London and C.F. Martin in the USA used his style of building for their own construction style.
In his guitar method, Fernando Sor notes that “The guitars which I have always given the preference are those of Alonzo of Madrid, Pages and Benediz of Cadiz, Joseph and Manuel Martinez of Malaga, or Rada, successor and scholar of the latter, and those of M. Lacote of Paris.”
This guitar is built as light as a feather and is perfectly worked out in every detail.
It is a great example of a high quality guitar – it is simply exquisite for its quality of sound. While every note is rich in overtones, it retains an almost unbelievable degree of separation and clarity between voices. Due to its ultra-lightweight build, the production of sound is immediate, with an ample amount of tonal modulation and dynamic range. This guitar also boasts enormous power, which will immediately put to rest any rumor that old guitars don’t have much sound! It has been restored – several cracks throughout the body have been expertly repaired
Truely an impressive masterpiece. It has a spruce top and walnut back and sides. The scale length is 640 mm and the nut width 52 mm.
It was part of a collection of a familly of musicians for many generations and has been completely restored to make it ready to play. The cracks have been repaired and in all this care has been taken to keep the sound and playability at the highest level.