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 Manuel Reyes is a very rare example with Brazilian rosewood (CITES certified) from the 1980s, which is in exceptionally good condition. There are only a few light signs of playing visible overall. This guitar is free of cracks and has only a discrete repair to the side rib. The top is made of finely grained spruce that has taken on a light honey color over time. A thin coat of shellac has been applied to the original shellac polish in the past. Excellent Rodgers tuners complete the noble overall appearance of this instrument. This guitar has a fascinating power with a textured, rich timbre and impressive sustain. The direct response and comfortable playability are also much-appreciated qualities for a classical guitar. Finally, the wide range of tonal colors makes this Reyes guitar an excellent and inspiring instrument that doesn’t leave anything to be desired.
|Body and sides:||Brazilian Rosewood (CITES certified)|
|Air resonance frequency:||G|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II|