Early Master Guitars
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Domingo Esteso 1935
This guitar was made by Domingo Esteso, who along with fellow worker Santos Hernandez (from the Manuel Ramirez shop), was one of the greatest makers of the twentieth century.
The label mentions his address in Madrid
Back and ribs in cypress
String length: 650mm
Neck width: 50mm
Condition: As is. This guitar needed a lot of restorations. It is playable.
Enrique Garcia 1901
Guitar made by Enrique Garcia in 1901
Year: 1901 – number 9. Labelled, signed, addressed and dated by the maker.
Body: South american rosewood of uncertain species, with fine, double-line purflings and characteristic, rounded heelcap.
Front: European spruce with a well-recognised rosette of the maker, slim double-line purflings, rosewood bridge with mother-of-pearl tie-block framing. The front has the maker's often-used assymetrical 8 fan-strut design. There is a brass tornavoz in the soundhole.
Scale: 650mm with 19 frets on the ebony fingerboard.
Neck Width: 50 mm at the nut
Weight: 1360 grams
Condition: The condition is very good; the front particularly. The head, neck, sides and front are in really excellent condition for its 116 years.
The back which is Brazilian, has several cracks - which are tight closed. At some stage decades ago, the back has been taken off to effect back crack repair.
The table has several cracks which have been perfectly restored