This Domingo Esteso guitar is one of the greatest historical guitars in the history of the flamenco guitar. She is one of the most beautiful sounding guitars having a very warm, sweet, punchy and old-world sound which only comes with over eighty years of age. She was previously owned by José Pisa, the only student of the maestro Sabicas. Although its current state is remarkably good considering her age and the playability is excellent, it is with great proud that we have started to restore this incredible refined and historical instrument to its original condition.
Domingo Esteso, born in San Clemente de Cuenca in Madrid in 1882, is one of the great historical figures in the history of the flamenco guitar. Upon the death of Manuel Ramirez in 1916 both Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso were working at the Ramirez workshop. They both kept on making guitars for the widow of Ramirez adding their initials to the labels.
Later on in 1917 Domingo Esteso openend his own workshop at calle Gravina 7 together with his wife Nicolasa Salamanca who applied the finish to the guitars. Because of the bad economic situation in Spain at that period, many of these guitars were sold in Argentina having the label of the local dealer ‘Romero y Fernández’ of Buenos Aires. In 1926, Esteso’s nephew Faustino Conde joined the workshop of Domingo Esteso as did Mariano Conde in 1929. Both Faustino and Mariano Conde learned the craft of guitar making from Domingo Esteso. They stayed with him until his death in 1937 during the Spanish civil war. It is so unfortunate that Domingo Esteso died of a respiratory infection due to the unavailability of penicillin in those days. Guitar construction continued until 1939 but on a very small scale due to the civil war. After the civil war, the brothers continued to use the label ‘Viuda y Sobrinos de Esteso’ (‘Widow and nephews of Esteso’).
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