Inglewood, CA, USA, 1965
Spruce Soundboard, Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony fretboard with 650 string length
$ 6500 Sold
Jose Oribe has had a long distinguished career as one of the foremost American guitar makers. He was a favorite luthier of many outstanding players and teachers, among whom was Aaron Shearer.
This instrument represents his early style of construction influenced by Spanish and German makers with a very fine grained German spruce top and straight grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The tuning machines are by Landsdorfer, the brand used by Hermann Hauser I. The tone is bright and clear with a deep richness due to age. The projection is powerful yet the soundboard is sensitive to the lightest touch. In short, a magnificent concert guitar.
Two small soundboard cracks have been expertly repaired by David Pace and lightly refinished so they are practically invisible.