Retrofret Stock # 6701. Del Pilar Standard Model Classical Guitar (1969), made in Brooklyn, NY, natural varnish finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black alligator hard shell case. The "Artist of Atlantic Avenue" Guillermo Del Pilar, hand crafted very high-grade Spanish-style instruments in the heart of downtown Brooklyn from the 1950's through 1970's. This is a nice example of his late 1960's work, hand signed and dated to May 7 1969. The back and sides are made of lovely Brazilian rosewood with a subtle but slightly swirled grain figure The top has 4-ply wood binding with a maple outer layer, the bridge is Brazilian rosewood, and the front of the headstock is faced with Brazilian as well. As with many New York immigrant community instrument builders (like Del Pilar's contemporary John D'Angelico) the emphasis was on sound quality more than the sort of obsessive neatness detail that is seen on modern guitars-this guitar looks and feels handmade in the best way. This is also a great sounding guitar; extremely responsive, even, warm and round sounding, with good volume and surprising projection. This would be an excellent instrument for Bossa Nova stylings as well as the straight classical repertoire. This instrument comes direct from the original owner, who bought it from "the old man" new in 1959�when neither of them was that old yet! These Del Pilar guitars have become highly prized in recent years and Del Pilar's reputation as one of the finer, if relatively unsung luthiers in postwar America is still growing.Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 5/8 in. (651 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/16 in. (52 mm.). Splendidly well preserved; there is some light play wear and two small hairline top cracks so cleanly sealed as to be practically invisible. Completely unaltered, this is a spectacular and very warm sounding example of this extremely well-regarded local maker's work. Includes the original hard shell case, decorated with some old travel stickers but also in excellent condition. Excellent Condition.
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