A. Solar Gonzalez ???

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby tyke » Tue May 17, 2016 9:29 pm

I'm a bit thick where showing photos are concerned - is there a better way to do it? How do I put a photo directly in a post?

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby tyke » Tue May 17, 2016 10:37 pm

Let's try this:

(tries attaching a file)

...which didn't work. Oh well, time for bed

zzzzzzzzzz

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby guitarrista » Tue May 17, 2016 10:46 pm

tyke wrote:Let's see if this works:

http://s1309.photobucket.com/user/maxst ... sort=3&o=3

The gold label under the maker's label is for the Spanish Guitar Centre in Newcastle.


This works - thanks! One thing I find strange is that every A.S. Gonzalez guitar's rosette is different - did he make up a new design for each year? Is every rosette unique to the instrument? I wonder...

P.S. I don't know if you can put photos in a post yet - look around for instructions - you might be too "new" to the forum. If you could, it would be under the window for the message, the tab next to "options", it says "Attachments". There you can upload a file (< 250kB), then click "inline" to make it appear within the post, rather than as a link.
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby tyke » Wed May 18, 2016 7:54 am

Interesting about the rosettes.

Thanks for the info about posting pics :)

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby soakley » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:53 pm

Hi my name is Simon Oakley. I have been lucky enough to buy a 1963 luis maravilla flamenco guitar. It was constructed by A.Solar Gonzalez, spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides! I have had it valued at between £1500 & £2000 by two reputable guitar specialists. One being elmundo flamenco in duke st, London. However the story deepens. It has an engraved signature at the base of the neck which looks like it could of only been signed during construction. I am trying to find out who the signature belongs too. The owner of the shop in London couldn't help identify signature as he says most of his old friends in Madrid that could have sadly passed away.
The guitar is in very good condition fr its age. It sounds amazing but needs to be played in order to get it back to its potential.

CAN ANYBODY HELP

I've tried posting picture but files are too big.

I can send pictures :D

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby George Crocket » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:09 am

Hi Simon. Welcome to the forum.

There are instructions on adding file attachments (including pictures) here. For help in reducing the size of image files try a google search - there are lots of methods available.

Meantime, please introduce yourself here.
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby guitarrista » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:57 pm

soakley wrote:CAN ANYBODY HELP

I've tried posting picture but files are too big.

I can send pictures :D


If you put the pictures in dropbox or google drive, I can get them and resize them for you so they can be posted. In general make sure they are jpeg files (not png), and you can reduce file size in two ways - resizing the dimensions of the image, and reducing the "quality" of the image upon saving as a new modified image jpeg file. For fast and effective resizing, I always use the free "PIXresizer" program, available from David De Groot's free Windows software website at http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby carmen.page » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:02 pm

Hi, I am Carmen, Anselmo's daughter. Regarding the query about the rosettes, he used to have different designs for different types of guitar i.e. one for "palosanto guitars" one for "caoba guitars" etc. Also I think he used to make new designs from time to time.
Regarding the engraved signature at the base it the neck, I don't recall him doing this on his guitars. If you could post a picture I could see whether it is his signature or something I can recognise. Regards.

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby guitarrista » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:54 pm

carmen.page wrote:Hi, I am Carmen, Anselmo's daughter. Regarding the query about the rosettes, he used to have different designs for different types of guitar i.e. one for "palosanto guitars" one for "caoba guitars" etc. Also I think he used to make new designs from time to time.
Regarding the engraved signature at the base it the neck, I don't recall him doing this on his guitars. If you could post a picture I could see whether it is his signature or something I can recognise. Regards.


Hi Carmen!

Thank you very much for your reply! :merci:
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby amade » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:38 am

Last August I purchased a 1966 ASG guitar with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. French polish and 654 scale. Beneath the label there was a sticker "Locker’s Imports." This refers to a guitar shop run by Sydney Locker in Philadelphia during the 1950s through around 1980 (I don't know the exact years). The guitar has a distinct tone, "light and crisp" as Ivor Mairants described it in his book. I showed the guitar to luthier Richard Bruné, who commented on how the bright tone seemed to quickly burst when the strings were plucked. The floral pattern in the rosette seems to have been one that ASG used frequently. It looks like vines of rose or strawberry plants (the latter being associated with Madrid). The guitar has the basic Torres design (seven strut bracing) with a diagonal/transverse harmonic “treble” bar instead of the second perpendicular harmonic bar.
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1970 Jose Ramirez 1a (CD/BR)
1973 Jose Ramirez 2a (CD/IR)
1979 R. E. Bruné 13-course Baroque lute
1980 R. E. Bruné 8-course Renaissance lute

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby amade » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:45 am

This is the paragraph on ASG in Ivor Mairants's book "My Fifty Fretting Years" (1980). Mariants imported ASG's guitars and sold them in London for several years. These remarks should be taken in context. His standards were very high (Fleta, Hauser, Ramirez, Hernandez y Aguado), etc. Mr. Mairant's is saying that the best work of ASG ("excellent") compares with the best luthiers.
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1966 Anselmo Solar Gonzalez (SP/Mahogany)
1970 Jose Ramirez 1a (CD/BR)
1973 Jose Ramirez 2a (CD/IR)
1979 R. E. Bruné 13-course Baroque lute
1980 R. E. Bruné 8-course Renaissance lute

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby soakley » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:02 pm

Hello all, I have shrunk the photos for you, please let me know if you can help out.

Thank you in advance!
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby carmen.page » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:01 pm

The signature says Jose Greco but I don't know who he is.

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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby DenisJ_III » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:45 pm

Is it possible that it was this Jose Greco?

Greco.jpg


Greco was a flamenco dancer from the 50s - 60s and helped bring flamenco to a wider audience, including cinema appearances.

Just a thought....
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Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Postby guitarrista » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:13 pm

DenisJ_III wrote:Is it possible that it was this Jose Greco?

Greco was a flamenco dancer from the 50s - 60s and helped bring flamenco to a wider audience, including cinema appearances.

Just a thought....


Wow, the signature sure looks like it is the same person! Great find!
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