We have been carrying the fine guitars made in the workshop of Antonio Picado Cardoso in Berga, a mountain village near Barcelona, Spain. I met Senor Picado there in November 2002 and we immediately established a warm relationship. The shop has five artisan luthiers under the direction of Senor Picado producing about 20 guitars each month, each one getting the full attention of one builder during its construction. The result is a superior line of instruments that offer great value, sold elsewhere in the USA for considerably higher prices than ours.
The Picado line does not stop with the Model 60. For even higher quality Picado handmade guitars go to the "$3000 and up" section.
For a good look at the Picado workshop in operation go to: www.guitarraspicado.com
Following are some customer reviews:
Dear Bob and Mike: The Picado 49 arrived today undamaged. The outer box was a bit scuffed, but the packing materials proved adequate for the trip to Chicago. After tuning up the guitar and striking the first notes, I simply could not believe my ears! The warm full tone combined with the volume and projection make this, by far, the best acoustic guitar I have ever played, and much much better than anything I found in the local guitar stores. The case is nice, and well constructed for this guitar. I am keeping it! Sold! Your website is informative and helpful. I especially like the search feature based on price, and your editorials about each guitar are interesting and informative. The sound files that you sent are of excellent quality, played beautifully, and quiet influential in my decision to select the cedar soundboard Picado 49. Your objective discussion with me on the phone gave me confidence that I was dealing with an honest and experienced store. I would recommend you to anyone without hesitation. Thanks, Bobby Keyes Chicago, IL, October 2009
Dear Bob, Thank you for collecting such a wonderful selection of great classical guitars! And thank you Michael for your very professional assistance in helping me choose my new Antonio Picado 60. I love this instrument! It has such a wonderful tonal quality, such brilliance of sound and great projection. Every single note has such beauty of tone! Superlatives don't do this instrument justice. My playing has never sounded so good. I am enchanted. Thank you. Michael Walker Clearwater, FL, September 2009
Model 49 - Solid Alpine Spruce or Western Red Cedar soundboard with Indian rosewood back and sides, Honduras Cedar neck and ebony fingerboard with bone nut and saddle. The spruce model has a clear, ringing tone, while the cedar version is warm and woody without being tubby. It is available also with a 640 mm string length for players with smaller hands. Price includes case. $1350
Model 53 - Solid Alpine Spruce or Western Red Cedar soundboard, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, Honduran cedar neck and ebony fingerboard with bone nut and saddle. A great moderately priced instrument for the serious student or amateur. It is sold by some dealers for considerably more.This is a highly recommended instrument. Price includes case. $1595
Model 54 - Canadian Cedar or Alpine Spruce soundboard, premier quality solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, Honduran cedar neck and ebony fingerboard with bone nut and saddle. A deep, rich woody tone and good volume. Sold with hardshell case. Fustero tuning machines. Case is included. $1975
Model 60 - Solid Canadian Red Cedar or Alpine Spruce, first quality solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, Honduran Cedar neck and Ebony fingerboard. All specially selected high quality woods which produce a vibrant Spanish type tone. Sold with hardshell case. Case is included. $2450