Conde guitars have been inspiring artists from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. They are made in a humble basement workshop in Madrid by a third generation of artisans.
Video by Gloria Kurnik and Leila Hussain
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I came upon a Conde back in the early 90’s at a pawn shop of all places. I knew absolutely nothing about Spanish guitars. But it looked be made of Brazilian rosewood. So I purchased it for the large sum of $59.00 dollars. Still not knowing for sure what I had, I did some research and found a specialist of classical guitars who looked it over then offered me $4000. As tempting as it was, I chose to keep it. I still own it, and while it’s a much better guitar than I will ever be as a player, it’s still my pride and joy. I love this video.
Bought mine at Jose Ramirez .... will check them out for a flamenco guitar.... not surprised by the price.... seen even more but more for concert instruments... in any case, guitar making in Spain is a tradition..... keep it up!
I remember being in Malaga with some money to spend, searching for a guitar. I spoke no Spanish, and could not find anyone to point me toward a guitar shop. No one spoke English, or was willing to. I went on to Madrid, and only came home with a Paco De Lucia and Cameron De La Isla album from the airport. This was before the internet was as inclusive as it has become in the present day.
Aside from that, I liked this woman's story.
When we play guitar, we feel the heart and soul given when crafting the guitar!! It's difficult to explain with words, but once we have one between our hands, that guitar is priceless. You're doing a a wonderful job miss!! 👏👏👏
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