The two friends Santiago Diaz Martinez, better known as Manuel Hernández, and Victoriano Aguado Rodriguez, got to know each other while working in a piano factory. After the factory closed, they founded a company that initially focused on restoring furniture and pianos. They built their two first guitars privately between 1945 and 1948, which were also played and examined by Regio Sainz de la Maza. This was a very encouraging experience and the two friends decided to keep on building guitars. In 1948 Modesto Borreguero, who had worked in the workshop of the famous luthier Manuel Ramirez, joined Manuel Hernández and Victoriano Aguado Rodriguez, and they started to increasingly focus on the making of guitars – with huge success. Famous artists like John Williams, Julian Bream and Atahualpa Yupanqui played „HyA“guitars.
The Hernandez y Aguado guitar from 1962, numbered 229, is a remarkable work of art created by the highly respected guitar-building duo. This guitar is a rare find, highly sought after by collectors and players alike due to its exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding sound quality. The instrument is signed on the label and inside, representing the very best work produced by Hernandez y Aguado. The G main resonance creates a beautiful balance throughout the register, with crisp and direct basses complemented by bright and singing trebles. This produces a unique and satisfying playing experience that is highly expressive, with fantastic sustain and perfect intonation. Despite being over half a century old, this beautiful guitar is still in excellent condition with only a few playing marks. It is a stunning example of guitar craftsmanship and would be a treasured possession for any musician or collector lucky enough to own it.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Luthier:||Hernandez Y Aguado|
|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood (pre-CITES)|
|Air body frequency:||G|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|