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This guitar, built by Francisco Simplicio (1874-1932) in 1924, has a beauty of tone that is simply incredible, Its label carries the name of Enrique Garcia — conjuring up a significant moment in the history of Spanish traditional lutherie : Enrique Garcia, Simplicio's master, died in 1922 at the age of 54, and Simplicio built 50 guitars for Enrique Garcia's widow (this particular instrument is the 39th of them). Francisco Simplicio would later claim to be Garcia's "successor and only disciple » (as printed on his own labels).
Enrique Garcia had left Madrid at the age of 22 to settle in Barcelona ; he had been Manuel Ramirez's apprentice. Thus was preserved — and indeed reached one of its highest points — a Spanish lutherie tradition which had begun 70 years earlier with Torres.
Francisco Simplicio’s artistry was such that he could rightfully claim this heritage.
What else is there to add, except that the lutherie is simply magnificent and this guitar’s voice is a real marvel.