Contreras Classical Guitars
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Founded by the master luthier Manuel Contreras in 1962, Contreras have built up a worldwide reputation for high quality Classical instruments at both the professional and student levels. Manuel's son, Manuel Contreras II passed away in 2011 and the workshop is now directed by Manuel's long-term assistant, guitarist Victoria Velasco, with the master luthiers trained in the workshop assuming Manuel's role and constructing instruments in line with his design.
Student Contreras guitars have a characteristically punchy, warm sound which is bright and emerges from the guitar easily. Instruments with both spruce and cedar soundboards are well-represented.
The Contreras 1a and 2a instruments are hand built in the Contreras workshop, combining a traditional build style with innovations introduced by both generations of the Contreras family. These lovely guitars are characterised by their striking volume and clear separation and have been played by many professional artistes. The 1a Especial model features beautiful tone woods and a special soundboard bracing pattern.
Manuel Contreras 1a Especial Cedar
Contreras C1 Cedar --SOLD--
Contreras C1 Spruce ---SOLD---
Contreras C3 Cedar
Contreras C4 Cedar
Contreras C4 Spruce
Contreras C5 Cedar --SOLD--
*UK/EU: Price includes UK VAT, no import duties are payable for EU Countries.
**Rest of World (ROW): No UK VAT payable. Customers are responsible for their own Country's import duties
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