Francisco Simplicio

Francisco Simplicio  - classical guitar
Country : Spain - Barcelona
Year : 1931
Scale length : 65 cm
Top : Spruce
Back & side Brazilean rosewood
Fingerboard : Ebony - 50mm
Tuners :  Alessi (Simplicio model)
Body length : 475 mm
Body width : 280/245/360 mm
Body depth 90/100 mm
Weight : 1 496 g
Action : 2,8/3,2 mm
Condition : Restauration well done (photos on demand)
Price : On demand


Francisco Simplicio is considered one of the greatest luthiers, and also the creator of the modern guitar. Simplicio was born in 1874 in Barcelona, his art is part of the culture of this city. Initially, he was a cabinetmaker: he worked for the prestigious furniture maker Masriera Vidal, luxury furniture with sophisticated ornamentation that he will keep in his work as a luthier. In 1919, he left cabinetmaking to enter Enrique Garcia's workshop. This collaboration will last three years until Garcia's death in 1922. Francisco Simplicio considered himself the one and only disciple of Garcia, he continued to write it on his labels throughout his career. There are 343 numbered guitars, plus 7 with the letter "A" and 11 with a double rosette, that is to say 361 guitars built by Francisco Simplicio between 1923 and 1931 in the same workshop where he was trained at 110 Pasaeo San Juan, which corresponds to an average of 45 guitars per year (!). This guitar built one year before his death in 1932 bears the number 343, it would be the last one in this list of numbered guitars.

Soundwise, we find the qualities of this exceptional luthier. The timbre is warm and woody, the basses round and deep, the highs colored, mellow, singing, a great expressiveness. A magnificent instrument signed by one of the greatest luthiers of the 20th century.


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