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blinkknilb

 

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has anyone heard of Manuel Fernandez... 

I have this guitar, It is Granada style with thinner body and man this guitar sounds like a pure earthy heart! It is also a very easy player guitar, unlike Madrid guitars. I can not wait to get home to play it again. I do not have much information on the maker, also I am not sure how rare this guitar is? Would be great if you share any information you have.
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Ramon Amira

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

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Manuel Fernandez Fernandez Guitar


Yes, he is the son of the actor Pedro Gonzales Gonzales.


No, but his own son is in fact José Manuel Fernandez Enriquez, a very fine luthier from Granada.

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C. Vega

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

Manuel Fernandez Fernandez was born in Sevilla in 1930.
He apprenticed with Eduardo Ferrer in Granada beginning at age 12. He later worked for a number of other shops including some in Madrid and Barcelona. He opened his own shop in Granada in 1952.
His son Jose Manuel Fernandez Enriquez began working with him in 1987 and took over the workshop when Manuel died in 1997.

Manuel's instruments aren't encountered all that often. They are well made but they never quite gained the reputation or brought the prices of those from some of the other Granada makers like the Marin and Bellido families, Raya, etc. I've seen one of his son's guitars but I wasn't able to play it. It did appear to be very nicely constructed.
I used to own an 8-string classical guitar with cypress back and sides and a spruce top that was made by Manuel in 1995. It had clean workmanship and easy playability but was spoiled by a thick sprayed synthetic finish, most likely applied by an outside contractor and not Manuel. The sound was not particularly impressive.
The headstocks of both Manuel's and his son's guitars resemble the Conde "media luna" design.
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mark indigo

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

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has anyone heard of Manuel Fernandez...


yes, there was another thread recently about this maker

http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=227801&appid=&p=&mpage=1&key=manuel%2Cfernandez%2Cfernandez&tmode=&smode=&s=#227833



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The headstocks of both Manuel's and his son's guitars resemble the Conde "media luna" design.
sort of.... not really though!

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mark indigo

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

also some more info on both father and son (some repeated info here, but some new bits):


José Manuel Fernández Enriquez

was born in Granada in 1969, and was trained by his father, Manuel Fernandez Fernandez. Jose worked side by side with his father from 1987 until his death in 1997, and has since taken over the workshop. Like his father, because his workshop is not on a public street, and is hard to find, Jose is forced sell his guitars for less than other guitar makers in order to attract clients. Thus, José continues his father's tradition of building high quality, but very affordable classical and flamenco guitars.



Manuel Fernández Fernández,

was born in Sevilla in 1930. Like many luthiers, he began his working life as a cabinet maker, apprenticing when he was nine years old. He was twelve when he came to Granada to live, and started his long apprenticeship with Don Eduardo Ferrer.

In 1952, he opened his own workshop. Even then, because he his an inquisitive man, he set out to investigate the methods, designs, and ideas used by other builders in Cordoba, Barcelona, Madrid, and elsewhere. He worked in almost every workshop in Spain, even though at times it cost him money to do so, since not everyone paid him. Finally, he reached the conclusion that the traditional system of flamenco and classical guitar construction based on the techniques of Antonio Torres.

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blinkknilb

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

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http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=227801&appid=&p=&mpage=1&key=manuel%2Cfernandez%2Cfernandez&tmode=&smode=&s=#227833


Thank you. Guitar is up for sale.
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NewPlayer

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to blinkknilb

Anyone have any experience with these guitars?
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Schieper

 

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RE: has anyone heard of Manuel Ferna... (in reply to Ramon Amira

Yes, he is the son of the actor Pedro Gonzales Gonzales.

lol... crapped my pants over this one :-)
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