This is a lovely guitar by one of Spain’s most famous luthiers. Eduardo Ferrer was the nephew of Benito Ferrer, founder of the famous Granada School. He was the original teacher of most of the Granada luthiers and is remembered as a key figure in the history of Spanish guitar making.
Eduardo Ferrer was born in 1905. When he was about ten or twelve years old he entered his uncle Benito Ferrer’s shop as an apprentice. When his uncle died in 1925, Eduardo took over the business. As a luthier, his work followed closely that of his uncle. Although he tried various ideas, he kept returning to the traditional methods of Benito Ferrer and Antonio de Torres.
His importance as a luthier was matched by his work as a teacher. Almost all of the major guitar makers still working in Granada either apprenticed with him or learned their craft from those who did.
His apprentices include José Castaño , Juan López, Miguel Robles, Manuel Fernández, Francisco Manuel Díaz, Manuel López, Antonio Marín, his own son José Ferrer, who is carrying on the family tradition.
He also helped train classical guitar makers in Japan, spending 3 months each year between 1966-1968 in Japan showing Yamaha how to build guitars.
This is a Ferrer flamenco guitar from 1983. And it’s a really nice one. It was bought new by its one owner in 1983, and was played professionally around Europe for many years.
In the late 80s it suffered a break in the bottom of the lower bout which was professionally repaired – see pics. It has remained structurally sound and stable since that time, and still plays beautifully. And of course, it sounds wonderful.
Model Eduardo Ferrer de Concierto y Flamenco
Top Material Solid Spruce
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Profile Classical Flat
Nut Width 53mm
Apart from its repair, this is a completely original Ferrer concert flamenco guitar handcrafted by one of Spain’s all-time finest luthiers from the best materials available. It represents Ferrer’s commitment to building the highest quality instruments to the most exacting standards. This tradition is carried on by Eduardo’s son Jose Ferrer, who today produces some of Spain’s finest, and most expensive guitars.
This excellent example has been well looked after, played regularly but kept securely in its case since its creation 36 years ago. Its top is super clean, protected by its original clear pickguard. There are some small button impressions on the back – hard to see unless at a certain angle of light. There is not a mark anywhere on the neck, and no visible fret wear.
Research on this instrument suggested an indicative price of AUD$4000. So the repair has been reflected in its listed price of half that.
It plays beautifully, sounds articulate and balanced. It looks, sounds and plays like a top line professional concert instrument. It is now awaiting the attention of a new owner, hopefully as fastidious and appreciative as the current one.
Comes in its original hard case in good condition.