650 mm Scale, 52 mm Nut. Fine to Medium grain Spruce Soundboard and highly Flamed Maple back and sides. French Polish finish. 7 finely sanded fan braces. Original Bone Nut. On the inside of the soundboard it says: "Vicenzo de Bonis facibat in Bisognano Dicembre A. 1954."
Virtuoso Concert Guitarist Alirio Diaz visited the brother's workshop of Nicola and Vincenzo de Bonis in 1969, and the Italian press covered this visit with a large newspaper article including photos of Alirio Diaz and Nicola De Bonis (1918-1978). The De Bonis luthiers of Bisignano, Italy is a family of instrument makers since the 18th century. The masterclasses with Andres Segovia brought many guitarists in touch with the best luthiers of Italy throughout the span of time when the classes were held.
This guitar has an incredibly long sustain, aiding any piece imaginable to be portrayed upon it.
Nicola de Bonis had won awards since 1935, when only 17 years old, so his advice to his younger brother, Vicenzo, was invaluable even at the time when this guitar was fabricated.
Between 1957 and 1965 Nicola and his younger brother, Vicenzo won 19 awards at various expositions and competitions, an average of 1 award every 5 months.