VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - CLASSICAL/SPANISH GUITARS - VINTAGE & MODERN - ENGLISH LUTHIER MADE PLUS SPANISH, SWEDISH & BRAZILIAN MADE - FROM 1950S TO 2000S.
Brief details of previously sold Classical guitars - please see "Inventory: Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently "In the Workshop", or contact me.
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Intro
When it comes to Classical Guitars, like all the guitars I sell, it comes down to the guitars I like, with the proviso of affordability. So, you will see another page of the Vintage Japanese Classicals I have sold....Kimbara, Suzuki, etc., which I think represent great value, but on this page the spread is wider...both geographically.....Spanish & Brazilian, in addition to English made Petersen guitars, and also in price terms, extending into the range of Luthier-made Petersen A & B models, and a couple of Ramirez Studio guitars.

Spanish makers strongly represented in my past throughput include Alhambra, whose early models from the second half of the 1960s, 1970s and early '80s are a particular liking, accepting their rather basic appointments at time, and also Raimundo models, generally slightly more recent, and Rodrguez, together with some more modern ones, including the odd Admira. From Brazil, both Giannini and Di Giorgio are firm favourites, the later having become much more sought after it seems.

Amongst them Flamencos are very much in the minority, which disappoints me, as I think that they are wonderful instruments in the right hands, and something I hope to see more of in the future.
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Classical Guitars I have sold in recent times - in some cases other examples of the same models may be currently available, or at least "in the workshop". Please enquire for current availability, prices and further details.

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PRE-2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** PETERSEN VINTAGE 1977 MODEL "B" CLASSICAL CONCERT GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing Guitar made by the Petersen sons - VTG1053 - Photo #8.

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*** SOLD *** JUAN MONTES RODRIGUEZ LUTHIER SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - A Fine Guitar sold to my son Tom Chaffer, who has played it on recordings on the "Intoxicated" Album by his band Dyonisis - Photo #11.

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*** SOLD *** ALHAMBRA 2F VINTAGE 1970s ALL SOLID WOODS FLAMENCO/CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition - quote from email from Alhambra Factory - "Solid Spruce top(from the North of Spain) and the back and sides are made of solid Platanus Acerifolia" (London Plane?) - VTG1002 - Photo #10.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** PETERSEN MODEL "A" VINTAGE 1975 CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing Guitar made by the Petersen sons - VTG1268 - Photo #2.

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*** SOLD *** MANUEL RODRIGUEZ CABALLERO C1/MATE SOLID TOP MATURE SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - Great Sound/Play New Bone Nut Saddle & La Bella Strings Minor overhaul I completed included purpose making and fitting new Bone Nut & Saddle - VTG1333 - Photo #7.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** RAMIREZ VINTAGE 1950s SPRUCE & MAHOGANY STUDIO LABEL SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR w/CASE - Luthier Repaired Restored Condition Exceptional Sound/Volume and Condition Excellent Action Major repairs completed in 1995 by Tobias Braun - VTG1114 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** PETERSEN VINTAGE 1964 ENGLISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Rare & Unusual Guitar with Sitka Spruce top made by Thomas Petersen - VTG1315 - Photo #9.

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*** SOLD *** GIANNINI AWN21 VINTAGE 1978 SPRUCE AND BRAZILIAN WALNUT CLASSICAL/BOSSA NOVA GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play w/Shorter Scale & New La Bella Strings All Original with no past repairs - VTG1385 - Photo #5.

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*** SOLD *** ADMIRA SOMBRA SOLID CEDAR TOP STRIKING "NEGRA" SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - Minimal Overhaul I carried out included cleat repair to localised top crack - VTG1302 - Photo #3.

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*** SOLD *** ALHAMBRA 3C VINTAGE 1973 RESTORED SOLID CEDAR & MAHOGANY SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Sound and Condition, with Professionally Completed Repairs - Minimal restoration I carried out included cleating repairs to minor age cracks - VTG1005 - Photo #4.

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*** SOLD *** RAIMUNDO Mod.112 MATURE SOLID SPRUCE TOP & MAHOGANY SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - VTG1368 - Photo #6.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** PETERSEN MODEL "A" VINTAGE 1978 BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE CONCERT GUITAR - Iconic Maker, Western Red Cedar & Maple/Sycamore, Excellent Condition & Play - Sold to buyer in Somerset - "Lovely rich mellow sound" - VTG1506 -160102.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** DI GIORGIO STUDENT NO.18 VINTAGE 1972 SPRUCE/PAU FERRO CLASSICAL/BOSSA NOVA/SAMBA GUITAR - very extensive restoration including neck reinforcement, re-levelling fingerboard & re-fretting, refinishing top, back & neck due to heavy crazing of original finish, re-setting the bridge, with new back edge binding & bone saddle, for a customer in Leeds whose feedback included - "ideal for the Bossa recording project I mentioned" - VTG1519 - 160201.

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2018 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** ESPANA SL-1 B&J BJARTON RARE VERSION SWEDISH VINTAGE 1961 SPRUCE & SAPELE CLASSICAL/FOLK/CROSSOVER GUITAR - Previously Nylon Strung, but Metal Roller Tuners + 45mm. Nut Width Fingerboard suggest unusual early Hybrid design model version for either Nylon or Silk & Steel Strings - sold to an existing customer in Germany for his third VTG purchase! - VTG1325 -

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*** SOLD *** HARALD PETERSEN MODEL "B" VINTAGE VINTAGE 1966 BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL/SPANISH CONCERT GUITAR - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - SOLD OVERNIGHT! - Iconic Maker, Spruce & Rosewood, Really Exceptional Condition & Play, "One Owner from new" until recently, and now with further provenance following a period of ownership by a professional performing guitarist, teacher, composer, and expert on Petersen guitars! - VTGC1044 -

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2020 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** THOMAS PETERSEN SIGNED VINTAGE MID-1960s BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL/SPANISH CONCERT GUITAR - Standard Full-Size Guitar, by Harald's son, with slightly shorter 24.75"/629mm. Scale & slimmer 50mm Nut Width, Iconic Maker, All Solid Spruce Top & Sycamore Back & Sides - VTGC1058.

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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Unfortunately, and perhaps surprisingly, I haven't been able to find any YouTube clips of similar vintage Ramirez Studio, Petersen or Alhambra Classicals, or vintage Alhambra Flamencos, but very fortunately there is an excellent YouTube clip, which I have embedded here, of a piece named "Cheio de Dedos" by Brazilian Composer Guinga being played on a 1977 example of the same model Giannini AWN21 guitar, by "TheSetras".

Not finding other clips of guitars similar to the ones sold, I have embedded a clip of a favourite piece, Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra played with the Flamenco Tremolo (piami) on a Flamenco Guitar as Link #1, and Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio - Joaquin Rodrigo played by Paco de Lucia as Link #2.
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YouTube clip - Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra played by atrafana
YouTube Clip - Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio - Joaquin Rodrigo - Paco de Lucia
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