Arcangel Fernandez SOLD
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657 mm Scale 52 mm Nut. Fine grain Spruce Soundboard with a complete array of Hazel Fichte and Cypress back and sides. 5 fan braces, 2 bottom chevrons and a bridge strap. Original Bone Nut Bone Saddle. Separate kerfing pieces attaching the Soundboard and the back to the sides-the ultimate in lutherie- resulting in the maximum resonance an instrument can offer. Two repaired cracks below the bridge, one other crack to the left of the bass side of the rosette stabilized and cleated by Frank Ford at Gryphon String Instruments in 2018.
There is a 9 page biography with photos of the luthier at his workbench in the hardcover book: "Guitarreros de Madrid. Artesanos de la prima y el bordón". by Luis F. Leal Pinar, published in 2008, now almost out of print.
Very responsive, loud, etc. earning all the adjectives one can write. Arcangel worked with Marcelo Barbero until he passed away, then ran his shop until 2011 when he retired. He fabricated at least 800 guitars.
Carlos Montoya (1903 - 1993), the nephew of Ramona Montoya, also owned a 1969 Arcangel Fernandez Flamenco Guitar with pegs. He is one of many who used Arcangel Fernandez guitars to perform concerts and make recordings. He would tune the guitar down a whole step to D. G. C. F. A and D and have the action set at 2/32" on both the 1st and 6th strings, producing enormous buzzes to the extent that it angered the guitar maker.
Other guitarists who have played Arcangel's guitars are: Paco Peña, Maria Esther Guzman, Agustín Ríos - nephew of Diego del Gastor.