Santos Hernandez Export Model
Ca. 1920 Santos Hernandez Export Model (Spain), 656 mm scale, 50 mm nut, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original silver stamped 19th century tuning machines by C. Eon, this instrument was expertly restored several years ago by Ross Gutmeier of Baltimore, who removed the back, fixed several top, side and back cracks and removed a non-original lacquer finish. Subsequently, the instrument was recently french polished in the Bruné workshop in the style of Santos Hernandez. The plate thicknesses of the top, sides and back still conform to the usual ranges found in unaltered Santos Hernandez guitars, so the integrity of the instrument is still very much intact. This instrument was owned by the same owner since the late 1950’s when it was purchased from Sophocles Papas of Washington, D.C., as verified in his diary entry of November, 1959, which indicates he paid $200 for the instrument from Papas! Many of the finest Santos guitars were made for export to the Latin American market, where the wealthiest players would send back to Spain to order special instruments. Santos sold his instruments through the Buenos Aires firm of Romero y Fernandez, one of the largest importers of the era. The instrument is in perfect playing condition and has the deep majestic voice which these earlier Torres inspired Santos‘ were known for. The complexity of the tonal colors and the dynamic range are extraordinary, testimony to the validity of the Torres model which Santos followed closely in this Export model. Easy to play, exquisite to behold, in spectacularly beautiful restored condition, this guitar will be a crown jewel in any collection, and would be a spectacular concert stage instrument. SOLD!