Custom Built Arturo Valdez Flamenco Classical Nylon String Acoustic

 354672811883689980 Custom Built Arturo Valdez Flamenco Classical Nylon String Acoustic

Here's a really neat custom built acoustic guitar from famed guitar builder and repairer for the stars Arturo Valdez.  Valdez, once a former bus driver, bought a Ramirez, a maker he has called one of the best in the world, and learned how to construct guitars based on the Ramirez model.  He opened his shop on Santa Monica Boulevard back in the 1960's and became guitar repairer to the stars when Robbie Krieger of the Doors stepped into his shop and asked him to repair his guitar.  It's been history ever since, with a customer base for both his repair work and custom guitars that is astounding!  John Lennon, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Gregg Allman, Van Halen, and of course KISS!  Valdez built the famous KISS battle axe guitar!  Quite a list indeed! This guitar was custom built for someone in 1984.  Nice Indian Rosewood back, I think the top is Spruce or Cedar.  Nice abalone inlays around the bridge and on the headstock.  Very high end tuners.  I was told tuners like this would be very expensive today.  There are a couple of small gold screws missing at the tops of 2 of the tuners.  Nut is bone.  There is a repaired crack on the top that runs up to the bridge.  There is a continuation of that crack-a section not glued- along the grain that runs from the bridge to the beginning of the rosette area.  Seems pretty solid. The thing that is very interesting about this nylon string guitar is the scalloped fretboard.  It takes a lot of work to do the scalloping, and harkens back to some the very early classical guitars. There is enough height to the fingerboard so that if desired it can be planed flat and re-fretted.  It does have a great tone!  Should have some new strings put on at some point.  Fingerboard measures 1 7/8" at the nut.  It measures 2 1/4" at the 7th fret and 2 3/8" at the 12th fret. The fingerboard is slightly more narrow than on your typical classical nylon string. It's kind of a hybrid between a classical and a regular acoustic.  This is why I have included the fingerboard measurements: so that you will be able to tell if this will work for your playing style.  Fingerpicking, Flamenco, etc.  Comes with a nice hardshell case. This could also be valuable guitar for the collector as Valdez custom acoustics are very hard to come by for this price!  Valdez is now heralded as one of the best guitar makers in the world.  I think he is still making guitars and teaching to this day at the shop.  Most of his custom guitars today typically range from 12,000 to the 25,000 dollars!  A rare and unusual guitar, you will never see one just like it again!  The woods used in the construction of this guitar are worth more than the asking price! 

 354672811883689981 Custom Built Arturo Valdez Flamenco Classical Nylon String Acoustic

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