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Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote 19th Century Spruce Maple


Manuel Adalid Romantica Classical Guitar with Spruce and Flamed Maple

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Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote 19th Century Spruce Maple


ModelManuel Adalid Romantica Lacote 19th Century Spruce Maple
ConditionNEW – just arrived #003 (my own designation)
Scale630 mm
FinishFrench Polished Top – Lacquer Back & Sides
TunersCustom Fustero Machines – quite nice
CaseSmall Lacote sized Spanish HSC in black

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackFlamed Maple
NeckBrazilian Cedar
BridgeEast Indian Rosewood
Head PlateEast Indian Rosewood
FingerboardAfrican Ebony
BindingFlamed Maple


Nut Width48mm at the nut
String Spacings40mm – 48mm- 57mm (1st – 12th – Bridge)
Neck Depths21mm and 23mm at 1st fret and 9th fret
Overall length36 3/4″
Body length17 3/8″
Upper bout width9 1/8″
Lower bout width11 7/8″
Waist width9 1/4″
Body depths3 1/8″ Upper Bout & 3 3/16″ Lower Bout
Action3.5mm to 3.0mm Low E to High E
Weight2lbs & 12oz.
CITESEligible – non-protected woods

Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote 19th Century Spruce Maple


Meeting Manuel Adalid was a special treat for me, knowing of his longstanding pedigree in the industry, as well as his work ethic.   Playing some of his concert classical guitars was an equal pleasure.  I decided then and there that I would have Manuel’s best work in my own gallery.   From the Lacote to the Torres to the Hauser to his own Anniversario, I was so immensely taken with his guitar’s ability to voice the music authentically, with subtlety, and with grace.

The Romantica or Lacote Model Classical Guitar (really, she is a Romantic Guitar) is truly gorgeous, actually built by Juan Hernandez.  She is an amazing little guitar in the 19th Century style and it really does come off as authentic.  From the look, feel, woods, play and sound, I found it a lot of fun to play, though a touch small for me personally.  If you’re a smaller body type, with a good fit for 630mm scale guitars, playing a lot of Carcassi, Sor, Aguado, et al, along with some modern repertoire, I can’t see you going wrong here.  Honestly, I don’t see why early Renaissance and Baroque music wouldn’t work on her as well.  I mean, this is a really nice guitar with serious punch and good volume.

This is a 630mm scale length guitar, thus you will definitely feel a difference in the size of the body as well as the scale length, which is perfect for someone that has around an 7″-8.50″ span between pinky and thumb.

It is very comfortable, surprisingly so, at least for me.  I must be getting older.  I used to play 664 and 660 scale classical guitars.  Now I’m finding that 640 and 630mm don’t bother me at all if they have decent space in the neck and strings.

The measurements are above for your convenience, so that you can compare to a regular sized classical guitar.

What a gorgeous light and seriously Romantic sound to her, all the while able to handle any of the repertoire you might wish to play.  I will probably record some Aguado or Sor with her.  I ended up going with an old anonymous Renaissance piece called “The Cobbler”, which has a light and airy feel to it, highlighting some of the qualities of this authentic sounding instrument.

The build is superb, authentic, with the bindings and rosette you expect from a typical Romantic Guitar or Lacote type instrument, light with excellent play, sound and projection.  It is one of the reasons I wanted these guitars here by Manuel.  I played one at the NAMM Show back in early 2013, wholly impressed by this guitar and all the others I laid hands on.  I had to have them here, given the build and the price point of in and around $5K

The Spruce, a German Species was handled by Manuel in a very old manner, giving the guitar an aged look.  Very appropriate for these historically based classical guitars.  The Flamed Maple is spectacular.

I’m going to love recording these guitars, especially the Torres and the Lacote models I received.

The price includes a Custom Esteve Black HSC fitting the guitar perfectly and Expedited Shipping to the 50US



MP3 Audio – 181206-Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote19th Century Spruce MapleFernando Sor – Opus 35 #8 #9 and #17 – perfect to highlight the nuance and difference of this guitar compared to a modern scale instrument.


Premium HSC is included in your purchase price.
Insured FedEx Ground, USPS Ground Shipping is included to the 50 US
Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.
Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up.


This classical guitar carries a 1 year warranty

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Email me directly if you need more info: [email protected]

Additional information

Weight18 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in