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dinsdag 10 juni 2008

Antonio Mateu Ramis ( Flamenco )

Antonio Mateu Ramis was a Barcelona based luthier.
Little can be found about his activities but a classical
guitar by this builder was highly praised by the
famous Alexandre Lagoya. (Collection Sebastian Stenzel)
Very lightly built in the typical flamenco tradition.
Spruce top and ebony fingerboard.
A dry tone and quickly responding.



Apart from the nice Rosette you can see the double
scratchplates as is common on flamenco models.


On this label the luthier marked this instrument no. 13 being
dated the first of july 1953. In fact this luthier stopped in about 1965.
He had no successors. A classical guitar of this builder is
in the possesion of Sebastian Stenzel . (no. 239 - 1961) 


On this guitar the use of cypress can be clearly seen.
This is still tradition in flamenco guitar building though
it is possible to order a "negro" flamenco model
that has been equipped with a rosewood back.
Ebony tuning pegs to lighten the guitar...

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