A. Carbonell

A. Carbonell Gypsy Guitar 1950's


Beautiful gypsy guitar made by Arthur Torres Carbonell in Marseille during the 1950's.

Son of Arthur Real Carbonell, born in Valencia in 1879, the Carbonell family emigrated to Paris in 1913.

Established at Place de Clichy, they then moved to Marseille in 1919.

Arthur Torres Carbonell was born to him in 1905 and succeeded his father in 1946.

Specializing in the construction of gypsy or Spanish-type guitars, he is considered by René Vannes as one of the best workers in France of his time.

The latter is full of praise for him, mentioning that his instruments rival those of Italian and Spanish masters.

So, here for sale is a beautiful gypsy guitar by Carbonell fils made in the 1950s in their workshops in Marseille.

With very beautiful violin making, beautiful woods, a beautiful patina, pleasant playing comfort and a very interesting sound, this guitar is sure to delight musicians.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 49.5 mm
  • Radius: Flat
  • Frets: 18 frets (+1 zero fret)
  • Scale: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Profile: D
  • Country of manufacture: France, Marseille
  • Year: 1950's
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: Nets on the edge of the table and on the rosette / Key markers in white dots
  • Details: Table slots fixed and repaired by its former owner / Normal signs of wear given its age / Tailpiece replaced by one from a similar period / Very good general condition

Like all our instruments, this guitar has been carefully tuned. 

So it has very good playing comfort, mounted with Argentine Light strings.

With a projective, dynamic, balanced, deep sound, with nice harmonics and good sustain, this guitar will delight guitarists who love gypsy music as well as jazz, folk or variety music.

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