In 1962 Manuel Contreras I (1928-1994) open his own workshop. Initially his fame rested on the fact that he was craftsman in the Jose Ramirez III shop that made the first guitar that Andrés Segovia bought from Jose Ramirez III in 1960. Building under his own name he earned a reputation as one of the finest and most innovative luthiers in Spain, a tradition that his son, Manuel Contreras II (1957-2011) continued until his death.
This brilliant Contreras flamenco guitar built and bought straight out of the workshop on La Calle Mayor in Madrid in 2006.
It has been appointed with a nice spruce top, beautiful marquetry detailing on the top, pickguard and rosette, cypresse back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, rosewood bridge and gold plated tuners.
It has a 650 mm scale length and 52 mm nut width.
A truly remarkable instrument with a full bodied, firm, and powerful character and magnificent projection and volume.
The condition is excellent and very clean (almost like new) with only superficial signs of use, no repairs or issues.