US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:56 pm

Arduous wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:24 am
I had an 80's Velazquez. Very good guitar.

Just out of curiosity, didn't Velazquez have a period sometime in the 80's when he was making guitars out or Puerto Rico?
Don't know the exact years, but it was in the 1970s that Manuel returned to his homeland of Puerto Rico for approximately 10 years. His guitars had a slightly different body shape/size during those years. When he returned to the US, he took residence in Virginia.

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:55 pm

More pics in different light.
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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:08 pm

back & side
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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by Kent » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:19 pm

The 50th anniversary, also known as the golden anniversary, is a milestone to be celebrated – and rightly so!

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:22 pm

Kent wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:19 pm
The 50th anniversary, also known as the golden anniversary, is a milestone to be celebrated – and rightly so!


Yes! The half-century mark for this guitar! It might actually be in better shape than me! :lol:

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by Benrick » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:13 am

That is an absolutely beautiful guitar! I can't find any good reference on how MVs guitar differ over the 50, 60s, 70s,....and the special orders in the 90s to 2000s. Do you have any good insights into this, as I know you own some from each building phase. Are the 50s and 60s more prized for their age, build, or sound? Lastly, do you think cracks are inevitable in these older guitars or if "it go this far" it is likely to stay in good shape?
Thanks

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by souldier » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:43 pm

I got to play a 70's MV, also Spruce BRW. Just had that gorgeous, alluring tone that you'll probably only find on guitars made by true master builders.
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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:29 pm

Benrick wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:13 am
That is an absolutely beautiful guitar! I can't find any good reference on how MVs guitar differ over the 50, 60s, 70s,....and the special orders in the 90s to 2000s. Do you have any good insights into this, as I know you own some from each building phase. Are the 50s and 60s more prized for their age, build, or sound? Lastly, do you think cracks are inevitable in these older guitars or if "it go this far" it is likely to stay in good shape?
Thanks
Regarding the condition, I think as long as one keeps theses older guitars (or any guitar, for that matter) within normal humidity ranges at reasonable temperatures (and of course no drops or el kabongs! :lol:) there is no reason for them to crack. Regarding the different "building eras" of Maestro Velazquez, there seems to have been a gradual evolution with the 50's guitars closely resembling the guitars of Hauser I, the 60's guitars saw some slight changes in body size and based on my limited sampling a slight change in sound to be a bit richer/warmer, the 70's guitars with their slightly larger/rounder body, slightly different bridge, addition of a small diagonal treble bar in the bracing of the soundboard, and elongated headstock, then a move back to a body size/shape in the 80's more resembling the late 60's guitars but retaining the slightly different bridge and treble bar, and the 90's and beyond building with some different back/sides woods and also a number of smaller "Torres style" guitars. Of course, no two Velazquez guitars are exactly alike, but every Velazquez guitar I have played I hear a bit of his trademark sound which, to me, is an evenness of volume across strings and up the neck, a "balanced" sound if you will....basses never overpower the trebles and vice-versa. Also "balanced" timbre-wise with a pleasing blend of warmth and clarity.

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by singlechange » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:55 am

This is one of those guitars that become available once in a while....fantastic builder, you are guaranteed it has that mojo sound and playability, with no doubt whatsoever about its condition, owned by a Velazquez collector and player and respected forum member. I doubt it gets any better for a prospective buyer.
Earlier in the year I went looking seriously for a previously owned Velazquez in spruce and found nothing even close to what riffmeister is now offering and acquired something else. Robert A.

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Re: US $11000 Manuel Velazquez spruce 1968, Philadelphia PA

Post by riffmeister » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:48 pm

singlechange wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:55 am
This is one of those guitars that become available once in a while....fantastic builder, you are guaranteed it has that mojo sound and playability, with no doubt whatsoever about its condition, owned by a Velazquez collector and player and respected forum member. I doubt it gets any better for a prospective buyer.
Earlier in the year I went looking seriously for a previously owned Velazquez in spruce and found nothing even close to what riffmeister is now offering and acquired something else. Robert A.
Thanks for the kind words, Robert.

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