| Brand: || Manuel Velazquez || Soundboard Style: || Flat Top |
| Model: || Classical || Exact Year: || 1958 |
| Body Type: || Classical || MPN: || Does not apply |
| Dexterity: || Right-Handed || Country/Region of Manufacture: || United States |
| String Configuration: || 6 String |
A superb example of a guitar constructed by the first great American master luthier Manuel Velazquez. The guitar is clean, well built and refined. The high quality sound is delightful with beautiful trebles and resonating bass. Small surface scratch from stringing below bridge. From (1929) Manuel Velazquez built more or less on a part-time basis. He managed to open a shop in 1941, in New York City. Soon serious guitarists from all over the world showed up at his doorstep, and they recognized his dedication, perseverance, honesty, integrity, great skill, and humility. Through the 1940s and '50s, Manuel almost single-handedly maintained the tradition of European classical guitar making in this country, producing over a thousand handmade instruments. Not jigged-up, cranked-out instruments; his hands were on every part of every one of those guitars. He's received many awards and accolades over the years, including from the Puerto Rican government. Manuel Velazquez Manuel Velazquez was born in Puerto Rico in 1917. He began his career as a furniture maker, and built his first guitar at the age of 12. In 1942, Velazquez moved to New York City and later opened his workshop. Here he developed a fine reputation as a luthier due to the brilliant tone and impeccable craftsmanship of his guitars. In order to satisfy the growing demand for his instruments, he established his workshop in Manhattan where this guitar was made. Velazquez returned to his native island of Puerto Rico in 1962. After his return to New York in 1967, Velazquez worked alone, limiting his production to 10 to 15 guitars a year. In 1982, Manuel Velazquez again returned to the United States, this time settling in Arlington, Virginia, to be close to his first grandchild. Here he furthered his reputation as one of the master luthiers, gaining honorable tribute in 1989 by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Inc. Velazquez moved to Florida in 1991 to retire and work with his son. He died on April 4, 2014. Manuel Velazquez was a world-class builder of the Spanish style guitar. Today, his guitars are sought and praised by professional guitarists from all parts of the world, many of whom consider his work second to none. A number of his colleagues have rated him as perhaps the greatest luthier working outside of Europe. Velazquez guitars have been owned by many notable guitarists, including Paul Simon, Jorge Morel, Rey de la Torre, Harry Belafonte, Ichiro Suzuki, Earl Klugh, and Eliot Fisk.