For the first time, we are proud to offer a Jose Romanillos & Son. Signed by both father and son on the label and under the soundboard from 2009 in very good condition. An amazing guitar with deep and powerful basses and singing and sweet trebles. The sound is magnificent, the guitar a joy to play. Very rare and unique. Have a look at the video.. that is the sound you are dreaming of. Simply the piece of history.
This guitar is a joy to play and will leave you breathless. What is most importance is the sound quality warm and sweet with a great balance. The playability is huge.
The guitar is in perfect condition with some light playware. No repair,no crack, everything is original.
- Year: 2009 – named ‘La sentida’
- Back and sides: East Indian rosewood with broad, boxwood and maple purflings to back and sides. The back is in 4-piece format as commonly done by the makers. All shellac french-polished.
Body length:- 485 mm.
Top bout:- 275 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
Waist:- 236 mm
Bottom bout:- 365 mm wide & 97 mm deep.
- Top: European spruce, full of character, with the famous ‘moorish arches’ rosette and slim, rosewood bridge with 3 holes per string and tie-block top decoration.
- Tuners: Reichl – Lansdorfer pattern with white mother-of-pearl buttons, mounted on a rosewood-faced head with center-strip decoration.
- String length: 65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard
- Neck Width: 52 mm at the nut with 45mm string spacing
- Weight: around 1600 grams
Here is some information on Jose Romanillos : José Luis Romanillos Vega was born in Madrid in 1932, where he started his cabinet-making apprenticeship at the age of thirteen. In 1956, he moved to England to work in a hospital in Epsom and a few months later to a hospital in London. Five years later, José Luis Romanillos, made his first Spanish guitar in London.
In 1970, J. L. Romanillos set up a guitar-making workshop in the village of Semley, Wiltshire, encouraged by the English guitarist Julian Bream. Romanillos’ guitars have received an international recognition from guitarists for their sound quality as well as for their aesthetical appearance. Pure sound and harmonic balance of the strings are what Romanillos looked for and achieved in his quest of the subtle “Spanish sound”. The Daily Mail has called him “the Stradivari of the guitar” and the Italian magazine Sei Corde “the most important living stringed instrument maker”.
J. L. Romanillos has given courses on Spanish guitar making in numerous countries as well as lectures and seminars about the organology of the instrument. He has also given lectures on the history and development of the vihuela de mano and the Spanish guitar.
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