The Esteve (pronounced Es-TEH-vay) line of guitars come from a workshop in the beautiful Mediterranean coastal farming town of Alboraya, Spain, near Valencia. The shop was started in the 1950's by Francisco Esteve and Manuel Adalid Sr. Today it is a very busy workshop of about 40 artisans crafting high quality guitars by hand. The shop is still in the family tradition and is now managed by Manuel Adalid Jr. Over half a century of dedication to the highest standards of lutherie in the great Spanish tradition has distinguished the name of Esteve as one of the best in the world. We take great pride in importing these exceptional guitars directly from this time-honored, family tradition.
The Esteve line of guitars is characterized by a traditional "Spanish" tone that is deep, rich and of a warm quality. Their outstanding tone quality is achieved by using only solid cedar or spruce on the soundboards and high quality rosewood, ovangkol and mahogany for all models. Attention to the fine points of string set-up make every model of Esteve a pleasure to play.
Model 3Z Solid spruce or cedar soundboard with absolutely beautiful ornately-figured Ziricote back and sides. Introduced in 2014, these models must be seen to be believed. They are even more beautiful in-person. Mahogany binding complements the varied dark colors of the ziricote. The tone is rich and clear. $625
Model 3E Solid cedar or spruce top with dark mahogany or ovangkol veneer back and sides, special double purfling and rosewood fingerboard. Good durable gold tuning machines. Fine grades of wood and a pleasant resonance. Lively response with a surprising dynamic range for an instrument at this price. $595
Model 4STE Solid cedar or spruce soundboard wrapped in Indian rosewood purfling with exotic Ovangkol veneer back and sides make this a very attractive guitar for the price. It has a wonderfully bright tone and broad bass with respectable volume. A very special value. $475
Model 5 Solid cedar or spruce top with walnut veneer back and sides and double purfling for an appealing look and sound. Fingerboard is rosewood with silver-plated tuning machines. Clear and bright tone. $695
"Gamberra" With black stained solid cedar soundboard, stained laminated sycamore back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and mahogany neck, this unique-looking instrument has quite an appealing tone, not un-like a flamenco sound, with a quick response and solid character. $650
Model 6PS Solid cedar or spruce soundboard with beautiful palosanto Indian rosewood, laminated back and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and fine standard tuning machines make this a beautiful guitar at this price. $675
Model 7 Solid cedar or spruce top with Indian rosewood veneer back and sides and handsome wood purfling. Good tuning machines. Great deep resonance with bright trebles and remarkable sustain for a guitar at this price. $895
Model 7SR (All solid) Solid cedar or spruce top with solid Indian Rosewood back and sides and ebony fingerboard. This beautiful, traditional solid rosewood guitar rivals any high quality student guitar at a much higher price level. A stunning, warm example of an all-solid wood instrument. Including case, $1095
Model 7C/B Gorgeous cocobolo laminate back and sides with solid spruce or cedar soundboard give a stunning appearance to this gem of a guitar. The overall tone is wonderfully full for this price. A great start-up or upgrade instrument with ebony fingerboard and good durable tuners. The price includes a hardshell case. $1195
Model 8 The model 8 is a step up from the 7 and features the same types of materials but at a higher quality. The result is a fuller richer tone with more projection. It is available with both western red cedar and German spruce for the soundboard and Indian rosewood for the back and sides, all solid. The fingerboard is ebony. The price includes a hardshell case. $1295
Model 9C/B The 9C/B from Esteve is a very fine guitar indeed and it is no wonder since it is one that features the unique design of master builder Manuel Adalid Jr. which includes both wood and carbon fiber for the fan bracing. This design allows for a lighter bracing scheme and produces a louder tone while not sacrificing fullness and richness. The price includes a high quality archtop case. $1595
Model 11 Excellent grade western red cedar or German spruce top with select solid Indian rosewood and ebony fingerboard. Lovely bindings and purfling and very good tuners. The design and construction of this model comes directly from Manuel Adalid, master luthier of the workshop. It is highly responsive with a quick attack and excellent sustain and volume. $1925 with hard case.
Model 12 This instrument features ravishing solid Pauferro wood on back and sides and high grade western red cedar or German spruce soundboard. The fingerboard is ebony and the tuners are attractive and precisely engineered. An incredibly rich and beautiful tone with great sustain. $2395 with hard case.
Model ADALID Designed and built under the direct supervision of master luthier Manuel Adalid and featuring very beautiful solid Madagascar rosewood back and sides, this guitar is an amazing achievement for this price. The tight grained top grade red cedar or German spruce soundboard, supported by a finely sculpted bracing system, produces a rich, evenly balanced tonal palette that fills a concert hall. A guitar to play to believe. $3450
Manuel Adalid "Hauser" This Hauser-inspired guitar features absolutely clear, beautiful trebles with great character. It also is remarkably warm with impressive volume. $3950
Manuel Adalid "Torres" 2015
German spruce soundboard
Indian rosewood back and sides
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