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My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain

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Artist
Posted 2018-06-13 9:28 PM (#544098)
Subject: My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain



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Hey guitarristas,

Just got back from Spain...incredible!

Here's a video I shot of my visit to Toledo and to Paco De Lucia's home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=K3ut64mWSzo

And here, visiting a few of the great "guitarreros" de Madrid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld7gL1JZsyQ

Hope you enjoy it!

Best,

Serge
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2018-06-15 8:32 AM (#544121 - in reply to #544098)
Subject: Re: My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain


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Thanks Serge. Some beautiful guitars there.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2018-06-15 12:50 PM (#544124 - in reply to #544098)
Subject: Re: My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain



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That's the real goods there, son! Great stuff. Thanks for taking us along.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2018-06-15 5:49 PM (#544127 - in reply to #544098)
Subject: Re: My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain


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Reminds me of when my daughter took me to a luthier in Barcelona. She told him I was a guitar collector, so he handed me a $15,000 guitar. I don't speak Spanish, so I didn't know what was going on. I about choked when I found out how much it cost.
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Artist
Posted 2018-06-15 8:24 PM (#544129 - in reply to #544098)
Subject: Re: My trip to Madrid and Toledo, Spain



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Thank you for your coments, it really was a wonderful experience to say the least and yes, some of these guitars can be very expensive.

And the beauty and chance of having the opportunity to play a handmade guitar built by just one man alone; a sole master luthier that has a name amongst professionals, that has made many instruments and takes his time with each part, sweating and making sure that each step is done with the most care, is simply incredible because the results are astonishing...if you ever get to look, inspect and play a concert guitar of this level, it will totally change your perspective of what a real guitar can be.

And of course these luthiers are hurting and suffering, most of them...not just in Spain but everywhere...there is just not enough demand for these wonderful handmade instruments, not enough players that can afford them and the competition with factory instruments made in the orient and other parts of the world is a big deal...but of course this is not big news, it has been happening for a long time now.

But still, if you ever have a chance to be able to own a real handmade guitar by a master luthier...specially a custom ordered one...it is a wonderful experience that you will never forget and will enjoy every day.
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