Vicente Carrillo

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Vicente Carrillo

Post by SrDedosRapidos » Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:17 pm

Im looking at buying one. I believe its a Gabriella.

Has anyone played or owned one? What are they like?

I ran a search and didnt find much. Someone was complaing about note separation but it was a cedar model and cedar tends to do that.

brian richardson

Post by brian richardson » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:22 pm

i had a 1a blanca by carrillo
i bought it on trial for a few days.
workmanship was impeccable and the sound was excellent.
and playability/comfort were great.
i was using it for classical music.
i sent it back. at the time, i wasn't willing to put in the time to
break it in. dumb of me really. this guitar had wonderful
separation albeit dry tone. (it was a flamenco blanca, no surprise
that it was dry). i haven't played a full classical model so i can't
comment but, i'd expect the carrillo 1a classical to be in the
big powerful madrid style. you can see what they say about them
over at gsi under the guitar description.


Post by Allan » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:02 am

I had a Gabriella, cedar top. Playability was good, but not the best I've ever found. I did fall in love with the sound, though, it was very rich and sonorous, the trebles especially had a profound lyrical quality to them. I found the Gabriella to be best for Spanish repertoire, Torroba and Tarrega can sound quite beautiful on it. The big drawback was the lack of separation. I was learning Piazzola's Verano Portena at that time, and when I played the rasqueado sections it sounded like mush. I'm not crying, however--I bought it new from a guitar dealer for $2940 and a year later I was offered $4000 to sell. Shortly after that I saw his guitars selling new in the 5k range.

I understand that since that time (that was five or six years ago) his guitars have gotten a lot better, especially regarding the separation issue.

My best advice is always buy on approval, and really try it out before you make a final decision. If you're not an advanced player, have someone with more expertise also try it for you.



Carrillo Gabriella

Post by Staffordguitar » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:34 pm

I have printed below an write up Selina wrote to help people to appreciate the abilities of the Carrillo Gabriella model. I hope this helps.

Best Wishes

Model--Concierto Gabriela

To put it simply, this is an exciting guitar!

She is the sort of instrument that is difficult to put down; like a good book you just want to play a bit more to see what is over the next page or in the next chapter.

Mostly it is the thought that if she sounds this good now what will she be like in 2 years when the spruce top is played in!

This Gabriella guitar has already got a maturity to her sound; elegant and silky trebles supported by rich and powerful bass strings.

The evenness across and along the strings is wonderful.

I particularly enjoyed trying out close position chords on various groups of strings and in different positions. I found clear and well balanced voices even using strings 2, 3 and 4.

The clarity of the spruce top is enhanced by the Spanish warmth that is present in all of Vincente's guitars and so this is not a difficult guitar to play whatever the players technical standard (or state of nails!)

She is also very easy on the left hand and particularly responsive to up and down slurs, enabling the player to think less of technique and more of the music.

I cannot emphasise enough how much I have enjoyed testing this guitar.

The range and variety of tone and dynamic is already big and there is a church like quality to the overall feel of the sound.

The consistency of Carrillo's guitars in workmanship, playability and sound quality is first class and I would recommend this guitar to any player as something that they will enjoy and cherish for a long time.



Re: Carrillo Gabriella

Post by SrDedosRapidos » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:01 pm

Thanks for the Input guys!
Im glad to hear so many positive marks on Sr. Carrillos guitars.


Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by dvrosa » Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:05 pm

I just played a few Carillos the other day and fell in love with them. I'm almost definitely going to purchase a 1A. I heard plenty of separation in the tone, at least compared with other instruments in the price range. The Brazilian rosewood was beautiful (it's getting so rare that it's often a low grade when I see it these days, but this was very nice). What really got me about it was it's playability. There is something about the neck and frets on these guitars, the strings just feel ready to be engaged if you know what I mean. I sat there for a while practicing pull-offs because it just felt so good. :D

Anyway, in it's price range, (listing at $5500) it's the best I played.

BTW, I was surprised to find I preferred the Cedar top. Both were great when playing loud, but softer dynamics just had a bit more love on the cedar. What do you all think though, would the spruce eventually "break in" and match that? The spruce top, I felt, made for a prettier guitar. If I could expect it to catch up with the sweetness of the Cedar eventually, I might change my mind about which to buy.

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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by rounie » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:33 pm

HI Dvrosa,i was considering a Vincent Carillo some time earlier,but i havent played one.Read great reviews about them though.My bet would be on the Gabriela-the top model with Double sides for durability and enhanced Volume/Projection.I believe they are going for around 4000-4500us$.I see from your post that you are in California,and you can contact the following Dealers I believe they are in Santa Monica-Official dealer of Carillo in USA In Playa Del Raya,has/had a few Carillos - I Would by from him because he is a specialist in Spanish guitars,but he is based in Arizona,BTW i would
also try a Casamiro Lozano-in the same price Range,they are Really Really Good.... :wink:

Hope this helps............ 8)
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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by zavaletas » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:35 pm

Casimiro Lozano by the way is Vicente Carrillo brother-in-law. He works alone, and makes a truly superior instrument.
Gabriela as a historical note, was Vicente's mother, and became a guitarmaker in her own right, having taken over the workshop when her husband died.
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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by rounie » Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:06 pm

Dr.James- thanks for the info-by the way what guitar would you rate as the best among these...for Workmanship,Volume,Tone,Playability,Value for money,Materials..........
1-Vincent Carillo Gabriela.
2-Casamiro Lozano Anniversary model 2007
3-Theodore Perez/Mariano Tezano/M.Tezano Perez- Maestro model
4-Paco Santiago Marin
Your reply would increase my knowledge a lot............. :contrat:
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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by zavaletas » Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:06 am

All of these makers build fine instruments, so some of this is a matter of taste. But, just as a matter of value
for money, Lozano XXV anniversary model would be my first pick. Money aside, Francisco Santiago Marin makes
a superior guitar.
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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by Peter Fang » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:04 am

I own one of Vicent Carrillo... it is real good! I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to buy this guitar.

A true supreb Spanish guitar.


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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by brian » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:31 pm

he also has a huge
supply of old wood.
if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
then quit.
there's no use being a damn fool about it.
-w.c. fields

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Re: Vicente Carrillo

Post by PuraVida » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:19 am

Hello to all,
Has anyone played the Carrillo-La Primera Especial. I am looking to purchase a new 2016. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you

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