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Man of Mystery

 

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Hello

My father recently died, and I came to possess the only personal item of his I ever wanted to remember him by - his old Spanish guitar.

It is not specifically a Flamenco guitar, although I did hear him try to play Flamenco on it [and I myself stumble through a clumsy Soleares from time to time!], as well as classical pieces by the likes of Tarrega and Ponce.

However, the guitar itself is a bit of a mystery.

He bought it several decades ago. He certainly had it in the 1950s, and may even have bought it as long ago as 1946. I have no picture of it at present, but I can say that it has a label saying simply: "Guermantes. Guitarrero a mano." No date, no serial number, no signature.

He bought it from the shop of Ivor Mairants in London, and one suggestion I have heard is that it was a "house brand" made specially for Mairants. But by whom?

Another suggestion is that it was one of many turned out in the mid-20c by one of the factories in Valencia, and that the suggestion of "hand-made" on the label is misleading.

If anyone has any further suggestions about the guitar, I would be interested to hear them.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 28 2004 9:47:21
 
Escribano

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I hope you find the answers you seek.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 28 2004 13:24:24
 
Man of Mystery

 

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Gracias. Yo tambien!

[That's the full extent of my knowledge of Spanish, by the way!]
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 28 2004 17:11:42
 
Skai

 

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Hey you're the guy I directed to this forum from UG. Welcome and hope you'll learn something from these pros. You will if you try..

Skai

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 29 2004 1:04:58
 
Man of Mystery

 

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That's me! Hi there!

I must confess I'm not getting very far. No definite answers, but plenty of suggestions.

I have been trying to upload a jpg of the guitar here, without much success. If I don't manage it this time, please feel free [Skai or anybody] to email me for a copy - gm6men@qsl.net
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quote:

I have been trying to upload a jpg of the guitar here

What's the problem?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2004 10:18:17
 
Man of Mystery

 

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It didn't work. I'll have another try...



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