Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
I'd be grateful if anyone could shed some light on the provenance of one of my guitars. (The depth of knowledge of some contributors never ceases to impress me.)
I acquired it second-hand in 1981, and I think it had been a fairly expensive guitar at first purchase.
The label reads as follows:
Constructor de Guitarras
Fernandez de los Rios 40
It's signed and dated 1977.
The headstock looks similar to those used on some Conde Hermanos guitars, but I can find no reference to Manuel on any of the sites that give the history of the Conde Hermanos. Was he a long-lost cousin, a black sheep of the family, someone trading off the name, or is it just coincidental?
Thanks in advance
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I have a very similar guitar, with the exception of the date. Mine is dated 1982. I actually found your post whilst looking for information about my guitar. If you have found any information about your guitar I would be very interested if you could pass it on, Thank you.
Hi Ewan_barr, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here
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I bought a Manuel Conde guitar privately second-hand in the early 1970's. It was originally bought from the Spanish Guitar centre in Gateshead near to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I took BMG magazine and have year 1968 copies which have advertisements for Manuel Conde guitars from this shop and also from Rudall, Carte in London. Prices Â£65 to Â£128. In today's money I guess you could factor by perhaps up to 20 times based on my wages then and typical wages now. A Conde Hermanos Flamenco is advertised at Â£93. My guitar label states it was constructed for Manuel Conde Fernandez de los Rois, Madrid by Atonio Hermandez. The Gateshead shop does not exist now - at least it does not come up on a website.
I am new to this forum and tried to add a pdf with the above adverts on it without success. If anyone wants a copy you can contact me by PM.
I bought a new Manuel Conde classical guitar from The Spanish Guitar Centre, London in the early 1970s. I do not think that there was a maker named Manuel Conde but rather that the name was used for a factory-made instrument. I recall that it was a good quality student instrument.
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I too have a Manuel Conde guitar but I can't add any information about the maker unfortunately. Mine has a cedar top and the label is as described in the first post in this thread, signed and dated 1968. I bought it in Newcastle-upon-Tyne when I was a student there.
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