Antonio Raya Pardo negra 2009 flamenco guitar.
Although born in Jaen, luthier Antonio Raya Pardo has lived in Granada since childhood. Antonio now is one of the most important names in the Granada school of guitar making as well as one of the more experienced luthiers alive today. Before becoming a guitar maker Antonio worked as a weaver, as did many guitar makers of his generation. At the start he apprenticed with Eduardo Ferrer for a short time, and eventually married Pilar Ferrer, Eduardo's granddaughter. Later, he was given valuable advice by Jose Lopez Bellido and Antonio Marin Montero. In 1972 Antonio opened his own workshop. He builds handmade flamenco guitars using traditional methods of construction. His son, Antonio Raya Ferrer, trained by his father and sharing his workshop, currently builds under his own name. Antonio is among one of the few luthiers to whom Luis F. Leal Pinar devotes an entire chapter in "Guitarreros de Andalucia" (2004).
This Raya Pardo negra will be available in May 2009. Antonio is currently making this negra according to our personal specifications...we selected some really high quality woods, old aged 1st grade German spruce for the top, a gorgeous Indian palosanto for the back and the sides, a neck thickness of only 22mm, a nut with of 52mm and entirely finished in French polish. This negra is Antonio his top flamenco model.