Manuel Reyes was born in Jayena (Granada) on July 18, 1934, and began playing flamenco guitar at a young age. It was only a short time later that he restored his first old flamenco guitars and taught himself the basics of guitar making. Soon after, he built his first guitar himself and since the result was not satisfactory for his needs, he decided to look for someone who could teach him how to build a guitar. He met the flamenco guitar maker Joaquín Sanchez Galisteo, who was willing to teach Reyes. In 1949, Manuel Reyes finally decided to open his own workshop, beginning a career that would bring him to the pinnacle of flamenco guitar makers. Today, Manuel Reyes is one of the most respected flamenco guitar makers, admired for his excellent craftsmanship and the typical Andalusian flamenco sound of his world-class instruments.
This outstanding 1979 Manuel Reyes has a fascinating history. It is a single-owner instrument that was exceptionally cared for by its previous proprietor. She (the previous owner) received it very young as a gift from her father, and as she had shorter hands at the time, this guitar got the scale skillfully shortened by one centimeter to get the scale from 66 cm to a more comfortable 65 cm. Two cracks were also expertly repaired on the soundboard, and the back and sides are free of cracks. It is interesting to note the outstanding quality of the cites certified Brazilian rosewood, making this already exceptionally rare classical Reyes an absolute gem. Manuel Reyes’ classical guitars are true connoisseur’s catch as their sound, rarity and intrinsic value are much higher than what they still go for. This one, for instance, has a sound openness that we don’t know of any other makers of that time.
Check out the presentation video of this specific guitar below in which you will find plenty of extra information about its playability and sound.
|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood (CITES certified)|
|Air body frequency:||F#/G|