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woensdag 2 juli 2008

David Caro Leonardo / Antonio Lorca Model 23 (Guitarras Mervi)

This specific builder lived and worked in the town
Paracao, Mexico, famous for its' guitar builders of
which David Caro Leonardo is one of the better
known ones. The soundboard (cedar) of this guitar
is equipped with a fan strutting with 5 braces.
Scale length is a surprisingly 645 mm.

In fact a guitar in good condition disregarding the two cracks
in the back that are in need of a good repair. This instrument is
worth these efforts as the famous guitar player David Jerome
plays the compositions of Dilermando Reis on one of Caro
Leonardo's guitars.

The headroom is a bit reminiscent of the Manuel Contreras
guitars but possibly a coincidence.

Rather simple tuning machines bit they work well.
Two shafts however had some fractures and for that
reason we've changed them for new proper tuners.

Provided with a nice rosette and surprisingly a
rosewood fingerboard.

The David Caro Leonardo label and we stil have to
investigate the inner bracing pattern as this guitar is
suitable for steel strings while most Spanish built
guitars do not withstand that kind of tension.While
searching for this brand we've concluded that it is 
better to search with Daniel Caro Leonardo, most
likely "the son of'.

Antonio Lorca Model 23 guitar

Though this brand has very little to do with the famous Malaga 
based luthier who was active in the 19th century, I've included
it for other reasons: Mr. Joaquin Garcia Fernandez (born 1929)
was the advisor of Guitarras Mervi (Valencia) the firm that
produced this guitar. Ment for the semi professional player it
has an attractive tone and is easy to play due to the 65 cm scale.
Garcia can be found as well in the Romanillos dictionary

All woods are solid: Cedar topped with a rosewood bridge.
Of course a Spanish heel inside and good overall workmanship.
Sides and back are of indian rosewood while the fingerboard
is made of ebony as well as the reinforcement of the neck.

Probably difficult to read but this guitar is a model 23.
though we think Antonio Lorca is a fake name and
probably used for commercial reasons, the more expensive
models carry a hand signed label.

Joaquin Garcia Fernandez (19290 was  born in Santa Cruz
(Argentina) and active as a cabinetmaker in Asturias. He
returned to Buenos Aires when he was twenty years old.
In 1975 he returned to Spain and settled in Valencia where
he also was advisor to the firm Raimundo y Aparichio.
Eventually he established his workshop in Torremolinos
in 1982. He learnt his craft from the old Spanish guitarreros.

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