- Type / luthier: Flamenco
- Year of construction: 1994
- Scale length (mm): 657mm
- Nut width (mm): 52mm
- Top: Cedar
- Back / Sides: Cypress
- Fingerboard / (bridge): Ebony, bridge is rosewood
- Sound: A really flamenco guitar with clear focussed bass and crisp, in-balance trebles. The top which I’m pretty sure is cedar gives a real sweetness to the trebles and I have used it many times at weddings for classical guitar pieces as it has great projection and clarity.
- Condition: There is a repair to the back – two hairline cracks about an inch apart appeared in the back about five years few years ago that I had professionally repaired. There are a few dings, chips and scuffs which I have tried to photograph as clearly as possible and general handling wear as you would expect from a guitar of this age.
- Price: £595 plus shipping. Hard case included.
- Viewing / trial possible: Can be seen/tried at Plymouth or Exeter
- Location (nearest city): Plymouth UK
All solid wood flamenco guitar from the Valencian master luthier, Ricardo Sanchis. This has been my main gigging guitar for about ten years. I wanted a guitar that was good enough to perform with, whether plugged in or playing acoustically, but not something too precious given the inevitable bumps and knocks you pick up when playing in pubs and restaurants, sometimes in very confined spaces.
Set up and playability
The guitar has had a professional set up and fret dress (cost over £100). It’s very comfortable and easy to play with a slim neck profile and sounds great. Action is perfect and approx. 2.8 mm at 12th fret/6th string.
Pick up system
Includes a Pick up the World Dynamic Trio passive pick up system (twin sound board sensors mounted underneath bridge plate plus undersaddle transducer worth approx. £250 delivered to UK. See www.pickup.world). The pick up is much better than your basic undersaddle piezo installed on factory guitars, the soundboard sensors give a thick woody sound to the tone and it picks up golpes/body percussion loud and clear. The great thing is you can run it at high gain levels without any feedback.
I have a seen one or two for sale over the last five years or so and they usually go for around £850 in very good condition. I have priced this competitively to reflect the overall condition (but considering the inclusion of a pick-up plus the recent setup/fret dress its a very good guitar for the money