DE €.2350 Antonio Duran spruce 1978, Frankfurt area.

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DE €.2350 Antonio Duran spruce 1978, Frankfurt area.

Post by simonm » Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:35 pm

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Antonio Duran 1978.

Spruce/Indian Rosewood

Scale 663mm
Body length 485mm
Upper bout 282mm
Lower bout 372mm
Waist 240mm
Depth at heel: 98mm
Depth at end block: 107mm
Soundhole 91mm

Nut 54mm
String spacing
Nut 45mmm
12th fret 51.5mm
Bridge 58mm

Finish: Shellac as far as I know.
(no crackling that would indicate nitro).

I got this 1978 Duran with the intention of turning it over quickly and going through a number of guitars over a period of time in order to help develop my own building. Somehow I never got round to doing it and it has been sitting around for a long time.

The label is signed by Duran. Who the actual luthier was is another question and I do not know the answer.
(There is some info about this in a previous Duran thread:viewtopic.php?f=76&t=74353 which in turn links to this thread viewtopic.php?f=11&t=71313 which has a lot of info. )


The top shows that it was "well loved" - it has plenty of battle scars or "character" if you prefer. The top has certainly suffered at least one crack due to a sudden drop in humidity a few winters back in my place. However the quite long crack closed up so tight on rehydration that I cannot find it even though I know where it was. Apart from rehydration I did not take any further action. There are areas on the top where it looks like and earlier owner may have use CA to fill in worn areas on the top. The centre seam looks to have been re-glued at some time. It is quite possible that there may have been repairs over the the guitar's lifespan. (There is a thread here about the repain/not repair dilemma viewtopic.php?f=11&t=78634)

The case, which may be original still has a smell of smoke although it has diminished over the years I have had it. I can't say much about the tuners except that they work ok but they certainly don't look like a high end product.


I am poor at describing sound - when my teacher played it he said it was "typical Spanish" with strong basses. Not his favorite type of guitar but he certainly made it sound good. I find the sound attractive and I find it very playable even with 663 scale - in fact I am pretty much unaware of the scale when i play it. I think the string spacing and the neck profile contributes to the playability. The neck is what I would describe as being relatively flat. Not sure what the "official" description would be.

I was planning to drop it off to a professional to give it a once over and do any that was required but so far I have not gotten round to it, so for the moment I am offering it "as is". I am moving in a few months and want to get rid of stuff in the meantime if possible.

To have a look at it and try it out, please PM to see how we might arrange something.

Due to the recent Cites changes I don't want to deal with export out of the EU. Within the EU from Germany there should be no issue unless your country has specific import requirements.

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