Used Classical Guitars
Contreras: CONTRERAS CED(Item ID: CONTRERAS CED Serial#: NNE11081701)
1973 Classical with Cedar Top and Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides with Custom MOP Fingerboard Inlay
From the Guitar Salon website:
"Manuel Contreras Sr. (1928-1994), a native of Madrid, acquired excellent woodworking skills at a very young age that led to a budding career as a furniture maker. His cabinetry skills gained the attention of José Ramírez III, who invited him to apprentice in his workshop in 1959. Within three years he had developed his craft sufficiently to set up as an independent guitar maker in Madrid. So in 1962 Contreras set up on his own at number 80 Calle Mayor, which to this day has remained the location of the famous shop.
Almost from the beginning, Contreras gained the reputation for being one of the more creative and inventive luthiers in Spain. From the 1970’s onwards, he experimented endlessly with various unconventional designs and techniques. Of the numerous creations that came out of this period, perhaps the best well-known and played was the “Double Top” model, which Contreras presented in 1974 after a number of experiments seeking to improve the tonal palette and increase the volume. The most notable feature of this model is its use of soundboard material (cedar or spruce) laminated to the interior of the back. Many top players were enthusiastic about this model from the beginning, most notably all members of the Romero quartet. This encouraged Contreras to continue with this innovative way of working."
This 1973 Contreras classical guitar is in excellent cosmetic condition overall with hardly any playing or handling wear to report. However, it has had two top cracks repaired by Contreras in the early '90s which is certified by a separate label inside the guitar under the maker's standard label. In addition, as the photos plainly illustrate. a previous owner had the fingerboard inlaid with a MOP vine and flowers pattern. While this is exceptional and some might expect "purist" classical guitarists to take offense, the work was professionally done, and, objectively, many would agree that the result nicely complements the elegant figure and color of this instrument's Brazilian rosewood back and sides.
With respect to this guitar's sound, one will be impressed by the deep, resonant character of its bass register which provides a firm foundation to support the rich overtones of its upper registers. The result is a voice with an elegant tone that might be described as delicious - that is, it has a sumptuous ear feel.
This guitar includes a hardshell case. (used)
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