Description: Acoustic Guitar - 2004 Pedregosa Grand Concert MINT
2004 classical guitar, entirely handmade by the legendary Jose Ruiz Pedregosa, signed (twice), in virtually mint condition. Pedregosa is the only living disciple of Jeronimo Pena Fernandez, whose guitars are played by Monolo Sanlucar, Manolo Escobar, Enrique Montoya and other luminaries. A great work of art as well as a grand concert instrument, this is the best guitar I have ever played. It is also unique, what I would describe as an Andalucian Classical--technically a classical but one made by a luthier whose heart is in flamenco.
A 16" lower bout, 660 scale/54mm nut and fairly hefty weigth make this of the largest of its kind. It does not require large hands to negotiate, though it may entail some getting used to. (My hands are pretty small and I found it very easy to play after a couple days.)
Sound is staggering: rich, round, regal and LOUD. Overall tone is dryer than some classicals, having great attack and edge but one balanced with a full-bodied warmth. Trebles are defined but lyrical. This is the rarest of guitars, one which has a lot of organ AND a lot of piano--is more flamenco than some of my blancas and more classical than most of my classicals. (Really hard to do justice to in words; it comes with a guarantee.)
Pedregosa's output is very low--under 20 a year. Note the stamp on the lady's slipper, the butterfly wing at the base of the fretboard, the stunning carved bridge and headstock, the inlay in the back of the neck: now that Pena Fernandez is retired, no one else on earth is producing work with this kind of devotion to detail. (And he must have liked this one especially, having signed the back when he finished it in 2000 and the label in 2004.)
All solid, well-aged wood: Gorgeous, heavily rayed tight grain cedar top; Indian back and sides; Brazilian rosewood headstock face and bridge; Spanish cedar neck with ebony inlay and ebony fretboard. Bone nut and saddle; rich hand-lacquered finish; Fustero concert tuners.