Manuel Adalid, a renowned Spanish guitar maker, was born on October 1, 1951. He grew up in a family of guitar makers, with his father, Manuel Adalid Lázaro, as well as Francisco Esteve Calatayud and Antonio Monfort, as his teachers in the craft. After completing his studies Higher Bachelor and Commercial Expert at the University of Valencia, Adalid set up a guitar trading company at 18, quickly becoming one of the most important clients of Francisco Esteve Guitars. He spent summers working as an apprentice at Francisco Esteve’s guitar factory, honing his skills and knowledge in the craft. At 23, Adalid returned to Guitarras Francisco Esteve with full dedication to the guitar’s construction. During this time, his father and Antonio Monfort continued to mentor him, allowing him to complete his apprenticeship as a guitar maker. When the founding partners of Guitarras Francisco Esteve reached retirement age, they appointed Adalid as manager, recognizing his commercial and technical knowledge. Under his direction since October 1980, the company grew significantly, expanding its workshop area from 2,000 m2 to 6,000 m2 and increasing its employees from 30 to 49. Adalid is also known for his contributions to the field of guitar-making beyond his work at Guitarras Francisco Esteve. He has lectured on the Spanish construction system and new technologies for constructing the classical guitar in countries such as Spain, France, China, Turkey, and Argentina. Adalid’s expertise in the craft has been recognized through his title as a Master Craftsman, granted by the Department of Industry and Commerce of the Generalitat Valenciana with number 193. He is also currently the President of the Association of Musical Instruments (AFIMA). In recent years, Adalid has dedicated himself to researching new technologies for constructing classical guitars, which he considers to be the most enriching task on a personal level that he currently enjoys. Through his lifelong passion for the craft, Adalid has become a respected figure in the guitar-making world, leaving a lasting impact on the field.
The Manuel Adalid Invocacion Model No. 9 is a contemporary classical guitar designed for professional guitarists seeking a high-performance instrument with exceptional playability and volume. This guitar features an innovative Lattice bracing system, which enhances the guitar’s projection and sustain, making it perfect for use in various concert settings, such as solo, duo, or chamber music performances. The Invocacion Model No. 9 boasts a beautiful spruce top and striking Madagascar rosewood back and sides, which produce a balanced and rich tonal quality. Moreover, to ensure the guitar’s durability and longevity, it is finished with nitrocellulose, a hard-wearing and reliable material that can withstand the rigors of constant use on stage. This guitar is a true concert instrument designed with the professional performer in mind. Despite its professional-level quality and features, the Invocacion Model No. 9 is reasonably priced, making it accessible to guitarists of any level. This guitar is perfect for anyone looking for a high-performance instrument with exceptional sound, playability, and durability, making it a wise investment for any serious musician.
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|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G#|
|Tuners:||Schaller Grand Tune|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|