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Del Pilar Classical Guitar (1970)
Del Pilar Classical Guitar (1970), made in Brooklyn, NY, natural varnish finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
The "Artist of Atlantic Avenue" Guillermo Del Pilar, built beautifully made high-grade instruments in the heart of Brooklyn from the 1950's through the 1970's, but while well known in the New York area remained a secret to much of the rest of the world. This is a nice example of his later period work, hand signed and dated to January 1970. The back and sides are made of fine straight-grain Brazillian rosewood…this would be style 45 quality in Martin terms! The spruce top has an elaborate bearclaw figure, and is ornamented with 5-ply wood binding and a medium-grade rosette. The bridge is Brazillian rosewood and the front and rear of the headstock are faced with Brazillian as well.
This is a great playing guitar; extremely responsive, even, warm and round sounding, with very good volume and surprising projection. These older Del Pilar guitars are becoming highly prized today and Guillermo Del Pilar's reputation as one of the finer, if unjustly 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 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 3/4 in. (654 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.). This one-owner guitar is in extremely fine condition, with some very light playwear to show for 40+ years. Resealed center seam on the back, otherwise no changes or repairs. Excellent sound, a very nice example of this highly respected maker's work. Excellent + Condition.
Item # 5309
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