Hi, I have just joined the forum as a result of finding information about guitars made by this fine Luthier.
I live in Australia and I own one of his instruments which I purchased in 1974. It was secondhand when I bought it through my then teacher Mr Don Andrews who had suggested I buy it as it was a fine instrument. It had originally belonged to a Mr Schumacher who had been the president of the Australian Classical Guitar Society.
The Guitar was made in 1960 in Madrid, the simple label reads;
" A.Solar Gonzalez"
GUITARRAS, BANDURRIAS Y LAUDES
CERRO GARABITAS 11 MADRID
It has a very rich sound and is a powerful instrument. The string length is 658mm which is longer than normal and it is 52mm at the nut with string spacing of 8.5mm at the nut. The soundboard is Spruce and the back and sides are Rosewood. It is a little hard to play because of the long scale but it has a good response. Two years ago I restored it as there were a few worn and aged areas. It has been re-fretted and a small soundboard crack and some minor dings have been repaired. The French polish I gave it has a few more coats to go. I will post a few pictures when the project is complete.
It was great to read that this fine maker is still alive, I have most certainly enjoyed playing his creation and I am sure many people around the world have been given great pleasure listening to his guitars. He has certainly left a legacy for lovers of the Classical guitar. Cheers. Wayne S.