A rare opportunity, to get one of Santos Hernandez’ sought after guitars – they are doubtlessly the holy grail amoung the classical guitars!
Santos Hernandez is one of the elite makers of the historical pantheon – along with Torres and Hauser I in terms of collectibility and historical importance. Santos became a very established maker early in his career when he became known as the builder of the Manuel Ramirez guitar of 1912 that was owned and played by Andres Segovia. Many others have played his instruments, including Regino Sainz de la Maza (for whom the Concierto de Aranjuez was written), Eduardo Abreu, and the Romero family among others.
This particular guitar, built in 1929 is yet another charming example of Santos’ work, with beautiful materials and his usual, precise craftsmanship. It is said that he was a very inward, yet proud person and the sound of his typical guitars reflect this – this one in particular has a rich, deep and almost “pensive” quality of sound supported by a solid, almost self-assured fundamental at the center of every note. It also has a beautiful loose, old-world feel to it. Overall a very charming instrument that captures the essence of this great maker.
The scale length is 52 mm and the nut with 654 mm. It has a spruce top and cypress back and sides.
The guitar is in a very nice condition. In the 1950’s the top has been replaced by Faustino Conde. Recently the guitar has been inspected by Felipe Conde and he confirmed the replacement of the top by his uncle and he also confirmed that the rest of the guitar is from Santos Hernandez.
It comes with an old and most probably original case.