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C19 Small Body Romantic Guitar Antonio Carlos Garcia made in Spain

C19 Small Body Romantic Guitar Antonio Carlos Garcia made in Spain

C19 Small Body Romantic Guitar by Antonio Carlos Garcia made in Madrid, Spain, about 1870. This beautifully decorated guitar comes with the original wood case. I’ve had just two of this exceptional maker’s 19th Century guitars before. One of them made it to Mexico. The other went back to Spain. They are very well made and offer a typical Spanish sound. This is a lovely example of one of Garcia’s guitars. He made these models for Alban Voigt &Co of London. He made several models. I have one that is a little larger and more ornate. The top is Spruce with many decorative bands made from fuitwoods. The sound hole, front banding and headstock decoration is all from Mother of Pearl which has been decorated with flowers. It’s lovely. It’s a super little guitar and without any major issues. The action is pretty good at about 3.5mm. The fingerboard is Ebony. The frets are in decent condition. The open peg box headstock is totally original with the correct side machine tuners. They even retain the original buttons. Sound: These smaller bodied guitars were made without fan-bracing. Despite this method of construction, this guitar is surprisingly loud. It has a warm tone. Condition: Overall & good. This guitar is playable and has good action. Bear in mind that this is about 150 years old so it does have some small marks. I’m very picky about my guitars so I will mention everything I see. The top: Very good. No splits. Very fine grain. There is evidence of the bridge having been re-glued or replaced. There is a very fine gap in the glue under part of the bridge. The guitar stays in tune, so it must be stable. The elaborate decoration on the top is all intact and almost all of the painted flower decoration, on the Mother of Pearl, is still there. The sides: Like my other “Garcia guitars”, the sides are extremely thin. One the bass side, there is a fine line of separation with the top. This is a quick fix at the luthier’s or just leave it as it is. Likewise, on the bass side, the body has a very fine split which is stable. The elaborate fruitwood marquetry is lifting very slightly where a button would normally be. On the treble side, you will see a very small amount of banding is missing. Again, it doesn’t affect play. The back: Lovely. No splits and no evidence of previous repairs. There are some very minor play wear marks but you have to look carefully. The neck: Good. Clean on the back and almost straight. (You didn’t expect it to have a completely straight neck, did you?) It’s good and playable. Headstock. Good all over. The decoration is all intact. The original tuners work fine. Overall. This is a lovely original, honest, small body Spanish guitar. It was made roughly 150 years ago and it is very nicely played-in. Supplied in the original hard case. The case is very sought after as a separate item. There is a lock but no key. The case is held closed with two original catches. This is a nice, original little Spanish guitar made by a good maker and producing a good sound. It would be a worthy addition to any collection. Dimensions:
  •       Scale: 24 ¼” (615mm)
  •       Length overall: 35 ¼” (895mm)
  •       Width at nut: 48mm
  •       Width at 12th fret: 55mm
  •       Upper bout width: 9 1/8” (230mm)
  •       Lower bout width: 12” (305mm)
  •       Height of body at waist: 3 ½” (88mm)
Offers: This guitar is not expensive for what it is. I’ve asked a sensible price to sell it quickly. I might consider offers very close to my price.
Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 129 × 55 × 29 cm

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