Johnathan Hinves Classical

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Johnathan Hinves Classical

Post by kennycraze » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:59 pm

I searched the site for the above luthier and brought up nothing. It may be foolish to ask if there are any collectors here of this Granada made guitar who could offer more insight on the name, but I have few other options. My own research tells me he was an Englishman who moved to Granada to add diversity and spice to the industry there. Some info suggests he was somewhat of a founder, father figure or coach among luthiers there. I own one of his very early creations and I am in awe of its construction and material stock. The label is not signed and there is no model number.

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Chris Sobel
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Re: Johnathan Hinves Classical

Post by Chris Sobel » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:59 pm

Hi Kenny,

I’ve had one of his guitars come through my shop—it’s owned by one of my clients. If you would like I can put you two in contact as I believe he actually knew him at one point.

Anyway, he is a very good maker building traditional style guitars. The one I inspected was a romanillos style and sounded really good. It was well made for sure. I hadn’t heard of him prior to seeing that guitar.
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Re: Johnathan Hinves Classical

Post by vesa » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:01 pm

He was in the first ¨wave¨ of foreigners who came
to Granada in 70´s and 80´s and who mainly learned their kraft
from Antonio Marin Montero, the others were Van Der Horst,
Baarslag and Martin.

When I visited Granada in 1989, Liza Hurlong (AKA Liza Granada)
told that it took almost double time for Jonathan to build a guitar
than for the others not because he was slow but because
he was so extremely meticulous.

His guitars were also a bit more expensive than others
and had a very high star amongst my collegues (this is in 90s).
His sound world was often commented to be spanish with english refinement.

I would have bought one before I began to build myself
but sadly heard that had quit guitar building and was now in piano bizz.
I saw one on sale some years ago for rediculously low price
and would have bought but at that time I was trapped with all too many guitars.
I think he never got the recognition he would have deserved.

Vesa Kuokkanen

Antonio Marin nr. 813 1995 (Bouchet)
Vesa Kuokkanen 2016

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