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When you lay hands on an instrument made by Rafael Moreno Rodriguez, you realize that not all guitars are created equal, and the guitar in your hands stands head and shoulders above the rest. Having learned the art of lutherie from masters Manuel Lopez Bellido, Antonio Marin, and Eduardo Ferrer, Moreno combines the tried-and-true techniques of his forebears with a contemporary voicing, yielding exceptionally robust instruments. This is the kind of builder who refuses to outsource, preferring to maintain his shop by himself, working almost exclusively with hand tools.
Moreno only builds one grade of guitar: he can’t fathom building with less than his best effort. Crafted with the utmost attention to detail, where patience and quiet confidence reign, this Flamenco Moreno combines the energy and zeal of a Flamenco with the richness and sonority of a Classical. For the guitarist who craves an instrument designed to maximize their dynamic range, this is the holy grail. The trebles are shimmering, and the low end has delicious amounts of snap—perfect for your favorite emotive Flamenco pieces.
|Spruce, Rosewood - Indian
Rafael Moreno is a rising star building in Andalucia Spain, known for it’s long history of Flamenco guitar. This Flamenco Negra model is crafted from Brazilian Rosewood and Spruce and is a true Flamenco design. The bracing, bridge and setup all come together for a strong, aggressive sound with the desired growl but also the warmth and beauty desired in a Negra. These guitars sell for $7000 new, so this is a wonderful value in a concert level instrument.
|Spruce, Rosewood - Brazilian