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Santos Hernández, 1924

This instrument was part of the estate of the late Luise Walker (1988). Her teacher, Miguel Llobet, personally brought this guitar direct from Santos Hernández’s workshop to Vienna in 1924.

The body of this instrument is really the antithesis of the 1912 Ramirez in terms of its dimensions. The larger resonance body gives it somewhat more warmth to the sound in the bass. The response is a little slower than the Ramírez, but when it comes to volume and transparency, there is no difference.

I am often asked to describe the differences in the sound between these two instruments, and I would say the Santos is the more “philosophical” of the two. (Spruce/Indian Rosewood)

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