Ignacio Fleta (1897-1977) is one of the most famous luthiers of the twentieth century. In addition to being a successful guitar maker, he was a recognized bowed and ancient instruments luthier (violins, violas, cellos, vihuelas, and violas de gamba). After his death, his work was continued by his two sons Gabriel and Francisco Fleta and later by his grandson Gabriel Fleta Jr. The current waiting time for a new guitar is about 20 years.
Fleta follow a different concept than other Spanish luthiers from, for example, Andalusia. Their guitars are characterized among other things by a 9-fan-bracing instead of 5 or 7-fan bracing.
This 1982 guitar is absolutely beautiful, with a nice set of straight-grained Indian rosewood and a first-class red cedar top. The condition is very good with just some varnish wear and two cracks on the top, that have been perfectly repaired by Fleta in their workshop and have been stable for more than twenty years now.
This guitar has the spontaneous and powerful character that we know well from the guitars built by Fleta. Each time we receive one of these instruments, we are impressed by the volume they produce, and this one is particularly captivating. It is an instrument of great lyricism, and its perfect playability allows the guitarist to give free rein to his inspiration. The timbre is round and warm with an astounding sustain and perfect balance. The guitars of Ignacio Fleta have strongly influenced an entire era, and this magnificent instrument shows us why.
|Luthier:||Ignacio Fleta e hijos|
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air resonance frequency:||A|