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Used 1998 Juan Alvarez Sr. Concert Flamenco Blanca


$6,499.00
SKU 1659

This magnificent professional flamenco guitar was built by the late Juan Alvarez Sr. Juan, the well-known and highly luthier, respected for his flamenco instruments and guitars like this one, which are rare and highly collectible, since his passing.

This masterbuilt guitar features some of Juan’s exquisite signature ornamental details. The rosette is simply outstanding and the back of the neck has an exotic inlay, that Alvarez only did on a very few instruments. Beautiful spruce and traditional Aranjuez cypress give this guitar a wonderful sound that is bright, clear, very Spanish. It is in excellent condition, with a few small nail marks on the sound board, that are visible when carefully examined and it has just received a great set-up. The action is perfect for Flamenco.

Juan Alvarez Gil was born in Madrid, in 1932. In 1946, Juan began building guitars with his elder brother, Lorenzo. He was befriended by Marcelo Barbero (1904-1955), one of the great guitar makers of the last century and himself a disciple of Santos Hernandez, became Juan's mentor, offering him his advice and counsel, from which he acknowledged that he benefited enormously. In 1952, Juan Alvarez established his own workshop. Building in the tradition of the Madrid School, Juan’s classical and flamenco guitars are made entirely by hand, using traditional methods. As might be expected, Juan Alvarez's flamenco and classical guitars share some of the qualities of Marcelo Barbero’s guitars, along with the influence of Torres and Santos. The head of his guitars bear a close resemblance to the Santos head.

Juan, and his well-honed craftsmanship, was recognized and featured in the Guitar International January 1990 issue. They noted, among many other things, that Juan is an aficionado of the guitar and an official of the old established society; Sociedad Espanola de la Guitara. (A copy of the magazine included with the guitar)

This is a concert flamenco guitar worthy of an artist. This is truly an exceptional instrument: explosive power, bright, clear and responsive in every register, fast flamenco action and authentic Madrid sound.


Top Wood : Spruce
Back and Sides : Aranjuez Cypress
Body Shape : Flamenco
Nut Width : 52 mm
Scale Length : 655 mm

This instrument is Pre-Owned, and is sold without a warranty.