Antonio Aparicio guitars?

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Antonio Aparicio guitars?

Postby roninartist » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:16 pm

Anyone ever heard of this brand? Supposedly made in spain. I'm considering the aa40f. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Antonio Aparicio guitars?

Postby Pepe Vergara » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:29 pm

roninartist wrote:Anyone ever heard of this brand? Supposedly made in spain. I'm considering the aa40f. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!


Aparicio guitars are made at the shop of don Antonio Aparicio in Valencia, Spain. He and his son Tony work with a small group of officers to produce guitars that go from economy price to really high end ones. The good thing about those guitars is that don Antonio personally inspect every single top of every guitar regardless the price. He personally makes certain models. They start being built with all solid woods at the AA90 (flamenco) and AA100 (classical). I own a AA100, and an AA 142. I was lucky enough to learn from him too. Take a look to the pics below.
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Postby ljerams » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:35 pm

Pepe,
I understand that the AA70 is the first all wood model. On your recommendation of this Luthier I obtained a price from Singapore which is quite reasonable if I have some spare money. 8)

Does he have his own website?

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Postby Rolls-Royce » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:40 pm

ljerams wrote:Pepe,
I understand that the AA70 is the first all wood model. On your recommendation of this Luthier I obtained a price from Singapore which is quite reasonable if I have some spare money. 8)

Does he have his own website?

Regards.


He sure does. Just spell his name as one word, add a "www." to the front, and a ".com" to the back, and you have it! :)
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Here it is!

Postby Pepe Vergara » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:08 am

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Postby Pepe Vergara » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:12 am

ljerams wrote:Pepe,
I understand that the AA70 is the first all wood model. On your recommendation of this Luthier I obtained a price from Singapore which is quite reasonable if I have some spare money. 8)

Does he have his own website?

Regards.


Ye. I meant AA70 - His guitars have very reasonable prices outside the US
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Postby ljerams » Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:01 am

Many thanks for the information everybody.

I have learned more about guitars from this Forum than I did in the previous fifty years!
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Re: Here it is!

Postby Rolls-Royce » Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:25 pm



Thanks, Pepe! I wasn't sure if the mods would allow a direct link to his website :? , so I wrote it the way I did.
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Postby roninartist » Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:59 pm

Thanks alot guys, I just purchased the guitar and for the price I paid, it sounds great. My dog says it sounds much nicer than my yamaha...
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Postby Rolls-Royce » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:51 pm

Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be very happy with it. Spruce top?
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Postby roninartist » Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:30 pm

yes sir, i like spruce alot more than cedar. its night and day how much a good guitar can elevate your playing. i'm making much faster gains on completing la catedral. The action is perfect and makes all the legatos much simpler and less exhausting for me to do. I do still however warm up with the yamaha since I feel the tougher action kind of preps my hands better. Beautiful guitar, thanks pepe, you really made the decision to pick it up for me. My gf didn't even object to me buying it after hearing it.
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Postby Rolls-Royce » Wed May 02, 2007 5:04 am

Attaboy! Did you get the AA40, or spring for an upscale model?

Both my guitars have spruce tops (a Yamaha C40 with a plywood one, and a Paco Marin PM395 with solid spruce). The PM395 is just so much more responsive than the Yamaha, making vibrato and other "effects" a whole lot easier to do. Sustain and projection are also a lot better than the C40's. I must confess that I'm dying to try a good cedar-top guitar to hear for myself how it differs from spruce....
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Postby ljerams » Wed May 02, 2007 8:26 am

I'm sure that their guitars are fantastic. But what does one do when they didn't have the courtesy to reply to my e-mail asking where their nearest Agent is to Bangkok. :roll:

At least Alhambra advised me where I can buy their instruments which puts them back in the lead again.
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Postby Pepe Vergara » Wed May 02, 2007 2:17 pm

ljerams wrote: ... I'm sure that their guitars are fantastic. But what does one do when they didn't have the courtesy to reply to my e-mail asking where their nearest Agent is to Bangkok. :roll:

At least Alhambra advised me where I can buy their instruments which puts them back in the lead again.


That is a common problem with small outfits. Alhambra is a very large business enterprise. They do all the marketing staff. As far as I have seen, some smaller places check their emails once aweek or so. Sometimes they only have one accounting/finance/exec.assistant, or so to take care of the office business. Some do not have computer, or if they have it, they do not have the manpower to check them constantly.

I would insist several times until gotten a response.
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Postby ljerams » Wed May 02, 2007 4:24 pm

If it is a one man band Luthier turning out a dozen guitars each year, I could accept that excuse. But Aparicio have all the experience of International Marketing both with Raimundo and afterwards on their own.

Fortunately, or unfortunately I'm not ready to buy just yet so we'll see just how well they perform when the cash is available and I get a green card from the Boss :wink:
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