Extremely rare guitar from the Simplicio shop in Barcelona. This guitar was built by Miguel Simplicio in the style of his teacher Francisco.
Francisco Simplicio, the sole pupil and successor of Enrique Garcia, was known not only for the beautiful tone of his instruments, but also for his exquisite workmanship and use of extravagant ornamentation.
In 1929 he exhibited some of his guitars at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, winning a gold medal.
He trained his nephew Miguel Simplicio and he continued the shop. Miguel Simplicio built guitars in the style and tradition of his uncle and became himself a famous luthier.
The famous ‘sound’ of Simplicio is unique among the great makers of the twentieth century – it has a very “old-world” charm, and players of these guitars often remark how they are transported psychologically to another world when playing a Simplicio.
The sound of this Simplicio is particularly magnificent – great depth to every note up the entire register with a big bottom-end and lyrical trebles.
The guitar is in a good condition, but has already been repaired over the years.
The center seam has been closed by a luthier and a crack on the back repaired. The tuners have been exchanged and the guitar has been refretted.
Playability is superb. With a low action and perfect adjustments. It has a 52 mm nut width and a 650 mm scale length.
In addition to the beautiful and ornate carving and inlaywork, the materials are striking – most notably it is built from a set of gorgeous rosewood for the back and sides. The top is made of nice alpine spruce. Overall, a highly desirable guitar from this great builder.
It comes with the beautiful and original guitarcase – marked Simplicio on the inside.