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In 1991, Pedro and Miguel established their own workshop. Their hand built instruments are sought after by top flamenco artists, and they also offer a line of guitars built to their specifications.
Sadly, Pedro Perez passed away in 2008, but the shop continues at Calle Amor de Dios 13, or Love of God, near the center for Flamenco and Spanish dance.
Here we have a 2002 Pedro de Miguel Flamenco Blanca guitar. It is built in a mostly traditional manner, with the Spanish heel construction where the sides slot into the neck. However, it does not use traditional Flamenco pegs, but standard angled classical tuners, and this is a very practical improvement. The top is Cedar with some play wear, and tap plates are installed. The sides and back are Cypress, the traditional wood for Flamenco Blanca guitars. They are in very good condition . The neck is Spanish cedar, with ebony fingerboard, and the bridge and headplate are rosewood. The action is currently at 7.5/64ths inch, and could be lowered further.
A well worn Everest hardshell arch-top case is included.
The Ramirez 1a, now known as the 'Tradicional', is built with a German spruce or, in this case, red cedar top and Indian Rosewood back, sides, bridge and headplate, Spanish cedar neck and ebony fingerboard. The scale length has varied over the years; currently it is 650mm but in this case, the scale is 665mm. The longer scale length increases the string tension and the guitar volume.
This 1980 Ramirez Model 1a is in very good condition with no history of repairs. There are some expected wear marks, likely from fingernails, on the top. The action is presently set to 8/64ths treble to 8.5/64ths bass, a standard concert action. Scale length is 665mm and the nut width is 52mm. A deluxe archtop Everest hard shell case is included.
This David Wren Concert Cutaway dates to 1979 and was built at David's shop in Toronto, Ontario. It features a spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides, with mahogany neck and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The headstock inlay is of a woman in a canoe. A K&K pickup is installed.
It's been played a lot over the years, and has been maintained in our shop, with a neck reset, bridge replacement, fret dress and a top crack repair. It plays very well and has a clear, clean, crisp well, balanced tone and nicely articulated response. The original hardshell case is included.
This example is in excellent original condition though a Mastery bridge - a definite improvement - has been added, and the original part is in the gig bag case.
This example dates to 1976 and it's uncertain whether it was built in the old plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan or the new plant in Nashville, Tennessee. It's been used as intended, so there is moderate wear to the finish on the back, and moderate fret wear. The original tuners were replaced with Gibson Deluxe 'keystone' models, leaving open screw holes behind. Otherwise, it looks and plays great! The original hardshell case is included.
The Fender Micro-Tilt addressed a problem ovelooked in the original Fender bolt-on neck design. For a host of reasons, it's frequently necessary to change the neck angle (or pitch, or tilt) on a guitar. On the original Fender design, doing this required loosening the strings, removing the four neck bolts, inserting or removing shims, reassembling the guitar and repeating till the adjustment was correct.
With the Fender Micro-Tilt, there were only three bolts on a triangular plate with one hole for a set screw. Inside the neck cavity there is a small metal plate, tapped for the set screw while the neck itself got a small metal plate for the set screw to push against. All that's needed to adjust the neck angle is to loosen the third bolt, turn the set scre with an allen key, and retighten the bolt. It's not even necessary to loosen the strings, so it's much faster and easier to quickly adjust the guitar's action. Final adjustments are done with the saddles on the bridge itself. The Fender Micro-Tilt was a dramatic improvement in the ability to service these instruments, and is still in use though many current implementations use four bolts again, for neck stability.
This example of a natural finish Fender Stratocaster with maple fingerboard was built during 1972 in the Fender Fullerton, Califonia plant. It is in all original condition, though I suspect that the spring for the original 3-position switch has been removed - this was a common tweak that made the two 'extra' switch positions available. (The only difference between 3 and 5 way switches is the punching of two detents in the swtich housing). There is some finish damage along the bottom edge near the strap pin, and wear at the treble edge of the fingerboard around frets 3 - 6. The original hardshell case is included.
This lovely example of the Gibson L-12 was built during 1937 at the historic Kalamazoo, Michigan plant. It is in overall good condition with expected lacquer checking, but it has no damage and no repairs. Mostly original, the pickguard appears to be a later addition with original binding added. The original case has long ago disappeared, but we can supply a new case.
This guitar is in almost original condition - the original Gibson tuners have been replaced with Schaller models. The frets are original and are fairly low, which was common practice at the time, but they do not show a lot of string wear. There is one finish chip on the back of the neck near the 4th fret, but otherwise the neck finish does not show a lot of wear. On the body, the finish is checking (a natural cracking process) and there's slight flaking on the back near the bass side waist. The original hardshell case is included.
The Duesenberg Paloma is for those who seek ultimate flexibility. The three pickup layout features a Grand Vintage Humbucker and two matched Duesenberg Singlecoils, Pearlito and AlnicoBlade. These offer a wide variety of sounds for any situation. The four pickup combinations are accessible through a new 4-Way rotary switch. All of that is topped off by the premium Radiator Tremola, deluxe Diamond fretboard inlays and a beautifully shaped body contour.
All Duesenberg instruments are fitted with custom branded hardware. The fretboards are carefully pleked and finished by hand for optimum playability and the smooth feel.
The Paloma is available in Red-Sparkle and Narvik Blue.