What are Felipe Conde's classical guitars like? They tell us in their own words:
Domingo Esteso left us an indispensable legacy when it comes to building Classical guitars with exceptional qualities. We only need mention that he built guitars for great Maestros of his time such as Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Regino Sainz de la Maza or Daniel Fortea amongst others. Our classical concert guitars are based on the Esteso basic design with later modifications introduced by Mariano and Faustino Conde in the last few decades. For these guitars, we select the best possible wood that is naturally dried for three or more decades. Our guitars are built with attention to the smallest detail, using the process and methods developed by this family over the last hundred years and by four generations of builders.
What kinds of different wood are employed in the construction of our classical concert guitars?
The classical concert guitars models are built with a more voluminous harmonic box, a reinforced neck and always using especially selected and very light materials.
For the top we use the superior German spruce or red Canadian cedar, for the back and sides, Madagascar rosewood, cocobolo or European maple. The neck is built with an especially light Honduran cedar and the fret board out of ebony. Only top quality handmade machine tuners are fitted on these guitars. The aesthetic of these guitars is characterized by simple elegance, the rosettes and purflings are very recognizable, with almost invariably geometric proprietary designs in perfect equilibrium with the purflings and bindings so characteristic of this house. The headstock bears the hallmark of the Media Luna or the traditional Esteso shape. The sound of these guitars is warm and clear without ever losing the echo of the sound we are known for.
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