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Manuel Contreras – 1976 1A Classical Guitar


The guitar is a cannon. She’s a big guitar and has the sound to prove it.

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SKU: G_C_MCON_1A76 Category:
ModelManuel Contreras 1976 1A Classical Guitar Signed by the Master Builder
Scale660 mm. – larger scale
TopSelect Cedar
Sides/BackEast Indian Rosewood – quarter-sawn, straight grain, ruddy looking, in excellent condition
Head PlateEast Indian Rosewood
BridgeEast Indian Rosewood
Nut Width51mm tapering to 63mm at the 12th fret
String Spacing43mm to 50mm – 1st fret to 12th fret
Bridge Spacing58mm E to E string spacing at the bridge
Body Length19 3/8″
Total Length39 1/2″ – tip of headstock to base of lower bout
Upper Bout Width11 1/8″
Lower Bout Width14 1/8″
Upper Bout Depth3 7/8″
Lower Bout Depth4 1/8″
FinishRubbed Oil Varnish
Class of guitarMaster Concert instrument – Vintage Instrument – Collector’s Item
CasePremium Hard Shell Case – original case

Comments:Classical Guitar by Manuel Contreras offered to you by Savage Classical Guitar

Classical Guitars by Manuel are highly prized, this one is no exception.
The guitar is a cannon. She’s a big guitar and has the sound to prove it.

One of the master builders from the Ramirez 1A family, Contreras moved on to his own facility at 80 Calle Mayor in 1962, building master level instruments.

Built in 1976, hitting peaks in his builds, this guitar is clear, it is loud, it is sweet and it avails you of the full color and palette that you would expect from this class of guitar. Deep basses, clear inner voices, and singing trebles. A very bold, direct sound comes from this Spanish beauty. It’s a man’s guitar and hey, I’m a chauvinist…I like that LOL

Additionally, she is in very good shape. There are 2 finish cracks, not through the wood on the top, though they were stabilized and cleated to be sure by Manuel himself in 1978! A few smallish dings on the top, but again, nothing consequential. There is moderate playing wear on the top and back. I invite you to the studio to personally inspect the guitar. I am certain you will find it more than satisfactory.

The Indian RW is stable, no cracking, and gorgeously figured, with a gorgeous Ruddy Coloring that made me think at first that she was Brazilian, while the Cedar top is aged beautifully, and she plays like a dream.

Basically, think the easiest playing Ramirez 1A you ever played and make it easier. This is a superior guitar that anyone can play if you like a big guitar with a big sound!


Shipping:Classical Guitar by Manuel Contreras offered to you by Savage Classical Guitar

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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 concert classical guitar carries No Warranty as she is a Pre-Owned Instrument.

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