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C-747, Elias Bonet Monné (Spain)

$10,995.00

The “Tradicional” model has five-piece fan bracing and is built from solid, well-aged woods, using templates designed according to guidelines provided by the maestro, Juan A. Reyes, and which are themselves a direct legacy from ‘Alejandro’. It goes without saying that the guitar is completely free of synthetic materials.

This is the guitar I build for a pure, traditional sound. It is, essentially, the guitar par excellence with the crystalline, thick sound of seasoned wood and deep richness of timbre.

There are colours and nuances to be heard in each and every millimetre of the strings, resulting in an intimate and moving expressiveness. In short, it is the perfect instrument to touch a person’s soul.

With character and personality, it is proud of its origins yet does not turn its back on modernity.

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Description

New Concert Classical Guitar

“Tradicional Model”

N-122,

Made in 2023

650mm scale with 52mm nut

European spruce top 

Madagascar rosewood back & sides 

Honduran cedar neck

African ebony fingerboard

African rosewood bridge

African ebony, curled maple & wengue headstock veneer

Indian rosewood, curled maple & Makassar ebony purflings

Scheller hand made tuning machines from Germany

Hand rubbed French polish finishing

Hiscox liteflite PROII case included

 

Total length of the guitar is 97 cm / 38.189 inches

Body length is 47.5 cm/18.70 inches

The upper bout is 27 cm / 10.63 inches

The bottom bout is 36 cm / 14.173 inches

The width is 9.7 cm / 3.818 inches

Guitars weight is 1.6Kg / 3.52 lbs

 

From the builders website…

I was born in Barcelona in 1977. I graduated in industrial design from the EINA Centre for Art and Design in Barcelona and then studied classical and flamenco guitar at the Liceu Conservatory in the same city.

I was also the world trial bike champion several times.

In the year 2000, I co-founded Lacreativa.com, a design studio, but in 2009 I left the world of industrial design to dedicate myself professionally to guitar-making.

It all started the day I had to solve some tuning problems with the guitar I was using for my studies. Destiny led me to the workshop run by the Yagüe brothers, where Raúl, the younger of the two, agreed to look at my guitar and not only solved the problem but really improved it as an instrument. As my visits to his workshop became commonplace, something happened and we forged a strong friendship.

Then, one day, I decided to order a new guitar from him. However, he refused to make it for me, telling me instead that if I wanted a guitar, I could make it myself in his workshop and that he would teach me. Once I had taken his proposal in, I didn’t hesitate any further and dived straight in. I was completely hooked from the very first experience of chiselling wood and that’s how Raúl opened up his whole universe of woods to me and passed on his passion for building these instruments. He made me his pupil and appointed himself my teacher but, above all, we were very good friends.

I visited the Yagüe workshop over six years and there, surrounded by the shavings from a thousand different woods, I met people who have been very important for my life as a guitar-maker. One of these was Juan Antonio Reyes Torres, another excellent guitar-maker. Infinitely kind, he also opened his workshop doors to me and, like Raúl, wanted to share his knowledge as a luthier with me. Another teacher, another friend. Feeling supported by both of these teachers, the day then came when I was able to get the necessary momentum and open my own workshop. That was in March 2009.

I feel really fortunate to have met these two great guitar-makers and in addition to their mastery of this craft, I strongly appreciate their warmth and kindness. Indeed, I am deeply grateful to them for opening the doors to their workshops and, above all, to their homes as well.

Thank you very much, Raúl. Thank you very much Juan.

The process

The building process for my guitars derives from the system developed by one of my teachers, Don Juan Antonio Reyes, which in turn is based on the traditional Spanish system of ‘closing the sound box from behind’. It also draws on the legacy of two of my historical points of reference: Antonio de Torres and Alex van der Horst (aka ‘Alejandro’). Principally, it stems from the Granada School of guitar-making.

The traditional model has five-piece fan bracing and is built from solid, well-aged woods, using templates designed according to guidelines provided by the maestro, Juan A. Reyes, and which are themselves a direct legacy from ‘Alejandro’. It goes without saying that the guitar is completely free of synthetic materials.

This is the guitar I build for a pure, traditional sound. It is, essentially, the guitar par excellence with the crystalline, thick sound of seasoned wood and deep richness of timbre. There are colours and nuances to be heard in each and every millimetre of the strings, resulting in an intimate and moving expressiveness. In short, it is the perfect instrument to touch a person’s soul. With character and personality, it is proud of its origins yet does not turn its back on modernity.

Guitars

I build the guitars one by one, by myself and from beginning to end, dedicating all the time necessary for each and every detail. Moreover, I always use the best possible materials and personally create the high-quality finish through the application of French polishing techniques to the whole guitar.

Essentially, the guitar and musician have to merge into one; otherwise, there is no expressivity. For such a union to take place, however, an instrument has to be full of life and sensitivity. Building such guitars which are full of life means doing it with all your soul.

Ease, sensitivity, colour, nuance, dynamics and precision are the main elements that shape my instrument-building style: they are characteristics without which a guitar simply stops sounding like a guitar. Besides, as richness of timbre sets the guitar apart from other instruments, my guitars always seek to offer the widest possible palette of tonal colours; such qualities are what allow a musician to express all the sensitivity that he or she carries inside. Music is emotion and therefore the instrument has to move people.

I use the best materials and take the utmost care. The resulting instruments, modeled by the character of my own hands, have a very particular sound which is rich in personality. In fact, the guitars reflect, in essence, the fundamental characteristics of my two teachers: a passion for detail, and an obsession with sound. These, when combined with my own personality and relationship with my chosen craft, result in a very personal tonal quality.

Additional information

Weight 12 kg
Dimensions 115 × 51 × 21 cm

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