Conde guitars are played by a vast majority of professional flamenco players. The Conde guitars are regarded by many to have retained an authentic gipsy flavor. The Conde dynasty was founded by Domingo Esteso (1882-1937), who established his own shop in 1915. Esteso in turn trained his nephews Faustino and Mariano Conde Sr. and later, Julio Conde was trained in his brothers´ workshop. The three brothers Conde continued to work for Esteso´s widow until her death in 1960 and then took over their uncle´s shop, calling themselves " Hermanos Conde Sobrinos de Domingo Esteso". Mariano and Faustino Conde in the process of building a guitar. Soon they have got a great reputation of their own building guitars for the great quality of the materials, the excellent handwork and manufacturing technique which gives the best concert sound to these instruments and the guitars began to be used by famous guitarists such as: Niño Ricardo, melchor de Marchena, Manolo de Huelva, Mario Escudero, Sabicas, Regino Sáinz de la Maza, paco de Lucía... Mariano Sr. later established his own shop close to the Royal Theatre, calling it "Conde Hermanos Sucesores Sobrinos de Esteso" at Calle Felipe V, 2 in Madrid. His two sons, (Felipe, born in 1957 and Mariano Jr., born 1959) began their apprenticeship with their father and uncle Faustino when they were about 15 y.o. Faustino died in 1988 and Mariano Sr. in 1989.
If you want to know how this Conde A26 looks, feels and sounds like, we invite you to watch, listen and enjoy the below included high definition video of our La Sonanta buleria song played on one of our other, almost identical Conde A26 2003 together with palmas and cajon.
This Conde A26 offers the qualities that the Conde Hermanos made famous...she has an amazing expresion and tone...great playability.... an action perfect for flamenco.
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