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Sale: 8th December 2015

Lot 473: A Flamenco Guitar by Manuel Reyes Senior, Córdoba 1965


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£2,500 - £3,500

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Spruce soundboard, cypress back and sides, ebony fingerboard, cedar neck, rosewood head facing. Note: The 'Tipo C' model was a regular concert guitar made by Manuel Reyes, however, apparently using less choice materials (conversation with Manuel Reyes August 2014). In a Hiscox case containing the original golpe


Labelled: Manuel Reyes, Constructor of Guittaras, Plaza Del Potro, 2.-Códoba (España), Año 19[65], [Guitarra Tipo C.-]. With the additional Ivor Mairants sellers stamp


by Manuel Reyes Senior


String length 655mm


The original golpe has become detached. Light playing wear, with one small workshop repair to the ribs (over the kerfed linings, hence, probably demoting this guitar to Model C, since the materials are of a good standard) - Viewing is recommended: the sound, workmanship *


David 'Gwyn' Davies (1939-2015)

This photograph of Gwyn dates from the early 1970s, some years after he first became involved in flamenco.

He first took up playing in his early teens. Well known as a razor-sharp dealer who was part of the Troubador scene in Earl's court in the sixties and seventies, and possessed of a wickedly roguish streak and a devilish sense of humour, Gwyn was nevertheless a passionate and disciplined player.

After pupilling with the great Paco Pena in 1968, he performed in and around London until his death. Speaking fluent Spanish, Gwyn travelled widely, frequently visiting guitar makers at their workshops in Andalucía and elsewhere in pursuit of the one guitar that gave a perfect 'sound'. This collection is the culmination of a lifetime's search. When not sourcing and dealing in guitars, Gwyn lectured in economics and was a qualified building surveyor.

Sale Information

Sale Date

Tuesday 8th December 2015
First lot ends approx. 4:00pm