Echi -> RE: Richardo Sanchis Carpio (RSC) guitars (Sep. 6 2017 7:44:15)
I understand the bad feeling as s**t like this, happens.
I too bought a (pre-owned) Sanchis Carpio guitar with a wrong neck angle. In my case the seller gave me wrong infos about the action and I discover the problem just after having paid the guitar.
Nevertheless my guitar played otherwise wonderfully and it's fair to say that Sanchis are generally very good guitars but you have to check the neck relief because sometimes this can be unvonortable.
As Anders once pointed out, this is a common problem of the Spanish method of assembling (face down on a solera) when you have a massive production.
Also is worthy to know that by having the fretboard replaced, you generally can have a wrong neck relief completely fixed.
I can say that my case the guitar was worth the new fretboard.
Know nothing about Nicholson but if what you say is true, he took advantage of your inexperience to get rid of bad guitars he had in stock.
Re: Paco's Conde
It's pau ferro for definite as said by many.
Pau ferro is a kind of a light braz. rosewood (even though it's not a dalbergia it looks like a non porous rosewood) with more dampening than the true rosewood: generally speaking I find it kind sounds midway between rosewood and maple.
Sanchis Carpio Bulerias and Conde A28 caviuna are guitars made with Pauferro.
In '76 the top of the Condes was still on the thick side and the bracing should be the old Conde with 5 struts + 2 closing bars.
In general, comparing Carpio to other makers such as conde reyes ramirez flamencos, Carpio tends to have a bassier sound all other things equal. I prefer a stronger mid voice to bass, but many buyers are impressed by full deep bass response.
I agree: the Sanchis Carpios give more or less the same pressure of a Conde but with more depth on the basses.
The good news is that a good SC can project very well in spite of being bass oriented, which is quite exceptional for a flamenco guitar.
For the player it seems like the note has less focus than a Conde, but the listener get instead a powerful note, quite sparkling and not loosing focus on overtones.
My belief is that this is the ultimate reason why many pro- players like it.