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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 violin 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.
This guitar’s sound is outstanding. Its timbre is lyrical and moving, with round basses; its singing and vibrant notes contain all the refinement, charm and emotion of the guitars built by Manuel Ramirez's « heirs » — a testimony to Modesto Borreguero’s, prominence in this amazing Madrid lutherie nexus.