Offered for sale:
Used 1982 Guillermo Del Pilar Classical Guitar.
This guitar is in good condition, neck angle and frets are good. Cosmetically there are numerous marks and nicks about the instrument, showing playing time without abuse.
William (Giullermo) Del Pilar was a New York classical guitar maker born around 1921. Del Pilar came from a Puerto Rican family of cabinet makers, and got his start in luthiery when he was asked to fix a guitar broken in a fight. Soon he was making guitars and selling them for $10 a time. After marrying Ana Elisa Ruiz in the early 1940s Del Pilar moved to Brooklyn, setting up shop at 396 Atlantic Avenue. Around 1945 his son, William/Giullermo Junior, was born and William Junior later joined his father in the business. They later moved to 220 Atlantic Avenue, when working together they produced around 40 guitars per year at most. Del Pilar Senior gained recognition in 1959 by carrying out emergency repairs on Andres Segovia's guitar before a New York concert. By the 1993 Del Pilar senior had retired leaving William Junior to carry on the business.
Gig bag included.
“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship. If you decide to purchase this guitar, please let us know what gauge strings you prefer.”
Back and sides: To quote an old Mandolin Brothers of a very similar model with the same back and sides: “The wood on the back is ...a uniformly medium brown with vertical grain lines (slightly darker brown) running through it. Whatever this particular rosewood variation is ...it is possible that this wood is Bubinga, also called African Rosewood – from Western Africa. Or it could be Pau Ferro - also called Brazilian Ironwood or Morado, or Bolivian Rosewood.”
We’re leaning toward Bubinga.
Brazilian rosewood bridge
Rosewood headstock veneer and backstrap (with “stinger” extension)
Rosewood binding, endpiece, and backstrip
Landstorfer style tuning machines with pearl buttons
5-fan top bracing with two transverse bracing
Very thin tongue brace
parallel soundhole bracing/reinforcement
bone nut and saddle
650 mm scale length (25.5”)
51 mm nut width (2”) with 9 mm string spacing
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