Santos Hernandez (Madrid, 1873-1943) started an apprenticeship very early in Valentin Viudes’s workshop and then moved to José Ortega’s Granadinian workshop. After moving to a few other workshops and serving as a soldier for Spain, he eventually took over Enrique Garcia’s position in Manuel Ramirez’s workshop in 1905. His involvement in building Andrés Segovia’s famous 1912 Manuel Ramirez sealed his reputation as an extraordinary luthier. He opened his first workshop in 1921 after working for Manuel Ramirez’s widow along with Domingo Esteso.
This 1932 Santos Hernandez guitar is a true testament to the unparalleled craftsmanship of its legendary creator. This magnificent instrument boasts a tonal richness that rivals even the finest contemporary guitars, enchanting listeners with the captivating sweetness of its sound. The poetic nature of this unique guitar is undeniable, making it a true masterpiece in the realm of classical instruments. Experience the delightful trebles that resonate with a stunning timbre, perfectly balanced by deep, dark basses that exude an unmistakable Spanish spontaneity. This charming combination sets the classical guitar apart as a remarkable instrument, and this 1932 Santos Hernandez guitar showcases that beautifully. Though aged, this guitar has been lovingly maintained and remains in excellent condition. Six professionally repaired cracks on the top have been expertly addressed, ensuring the instrument’s structural integrity.
Additionally, the lower bout section of the bass side of the soundboard has been replaced to preserve its impeccable sound. These restorations have been expertly executed and are now stable, maintaining the guitar’s historical authenticity. The label bears the hand signature of Santos Hernandez himself, adding a personal touch to this already extraordinary instrument. This 1932 Santos Hernandez guitar is a valuable collectible for enthusiasts and aficionados and a superb concert guitar for those seeking to captivate audiences with its timeless sound and undeniable charm.
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|Back and sides:||Brazilian rosewood (pre-CITES)|
|Air body frequency:||F/F#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II “Siccas Guitars” Edition|