The Carrillo family started building guitars 1744 in “Manchuela Conquense” also called Casasimarro. As far back as the 19th century, the town was nicknamed “El pueblo de las Guitarras” the town of the guitars. The instruments are still being built in the same place by Vicente Carrillo the seventh generation luthier of the family.
Vicente Carrillo was awarded the ”Regional Craftsmanship award” in 2009 and also the ”National Award” in 2010. His guitars all have a special sound, reaching a satisfying balance between bearing basses and sweet trebles. Innovation is always a factor in his workshop, utilizing various different construction techniques, therefore being in the constant progression towards a greater understanding of the art of lutherie. Artists who play and have played guitars built by Vicente Carrillo are among others: Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, J.M. Cañizarez, El Niño Josele, Rafael Cañizares, Javier Limón, Keith Richards & Josemi Carmona (Ketama).
Vicente Carrillo’s Grand Concert model “Gabriela II” is an exceptionally striking instrument and this specific guitar is made with a remarkably beautiful set of Madagascar rosewood. A very modern design, including an asymmetrical bridge and a double top, combines Spanish tradition with modern guitar making. In addition, double sides round out the contemporary and refined construction of this finely attuned guitar. In terms of sound, the bold volume and richly textured tone are impressive. A particularly pleasing feature of this instrument is the almost infinite seeming sustain of the first string, which, combined with the noteworthy warmth of the tone, results in a masterful and inspiring instrument.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G#|
|Tuners:||Schaller Grand tune|