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Modesto Borreguero is one of the great names in the history of lutherie. He was born in 1883 in Madrid. At the age of 12 he began working in Manuel Ramirez's workshop, who trained him in guitar making with Santos Hernández and Domingo Esteso. When Manuel Ramirez died in 1916, while Ramirez's two other disciples left, Modesto Borreguero continued to build guitars for the widow until the workshop closed down in 1923.
In 1924 Borreguero opened his own workshop, training luthiers such as Vicente Camacho and Félix Manzanero, teaching them French polishing, thus allowing the latter to enter José Ramirez's workshop. Borreguero retired in 1963 and died in Madrid in 1969.
Such a blurring of boundaries is astounding ! This guitar succeeds in combining opposing characteristics: round but punchy basses, responsive, crisp but still soft and singing trebles. If played by a classical guitarist, it is a gorgeous classical guitar, but I have heard it played by flamenco guitarists, and it had turned this guitar into an incredible flamenca. Tu put it in a nutshell: this guitar has it all.