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Marcelino López Nieto RIP 

Just a mention that Marcelino López Nieto passed away today. One of the great Madrid makers. RIP.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2018 0:27:45
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Marcelino López Nieto RIP (in reply to RobF

Sorry to hear it. I visited him in Madrid in the early 1970s and again in 1991 when I was shopping in Madrid to buy a classical before heading out to the Central Pacific. A very friendly and likable man.

In the 1970s his shop was a few blocks from Conde Hermanos in Gravina 7. While I was visiting Lopez the local professor, who gave flamenco and classical lessons, dropped by. He played a couple of instruments for me to hear--very nice.

Lopez made guitars for a while for Hernandez y Aguado, but I never knew the dates or serial numbers.

Que descanse en paz.

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RE: Marcelino López Nieto RIP (in reply to RobF

Another great builder of the last century... Sad news.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 24 2018 17:52:45
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Marcelino López Nieto RIP (in reply to Richard Jernigan

I received an email from one of the real scholars of the guitar, asking whether I had any support for the statement that Lopez made some guitars for Hernandez and Aguado. This man really knows his stuff. I have told people that if you ever get involved in a lawsuit over a guitar, you want him on your side.

The story of Lopez making guitars for H y A is all over the internet---but so are a lot of other stories. I had to look around a little to remember why I was sure. Eventually I recalled seeing an interview with Lopez in the magazine "Orfeo." The pertinent part is on page 46 of the third issue, where Lopez says he made about 30 guitars from 1972 to 1975 for Hernandez, after Aguado passed away. Hernandez gave Lopez their labels, which he put in the guitars without his own signature.

Years later, after Hernandez passed away, Lopez made more copies, accurate in detail, of Hernandez y Aguado's instruments, but included his own signature. When asked whether these copies sounded like the originals, Lopez replied that of course this was impossible. The woods were not from the same stock....etc.

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RE: Marcelino López Nieto RIP (in reply to RobF

I am very sad to hear this news, he was a dear friend and a great luthier. Here's a recording of one of his guitars, a copy of Torres, "La Leona".

2013 Marcelino Lopez, La Leona
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