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SIMPLICIO-STYLE GUITARS

Francisco Simplicio was perhaps the most prominent and important luthier in Barcelona in the early 20th century.  As the only pupil of the master, Enrique Garcia, he carried on Garcia’s innovative and exquisite styling.  The Garcia/Simplicio guitars are characterized by an asymmetric 8 fan bracing pattern which adds an additional fan brace to the treble side and feature a massive headstock with an ornately carved ebony faceplate and highly refined mosaic rosettes and purfling.  My Simplicio model is based on the plantilla of Francisco Simplicio’s 1929 #241 instrument.


Standard features* include:


● European spruce soundboard
● East Indian rosewood back and sides
● Mahogany neck with carved ebony faceplate on the headstock
● Ebony fretboard
● Hand-made rosette, coordinating purflings and tieblock inlay in Simplicio-styled patterns   
● 650mm scale and 50mm width at nut
● Gotoh, Rubner, or Sloane tuners
● French polish of shellac finish on entire instrument
● Hardshell case - Hiscox PROII

* Alternative materials (e.g. Brazilian rosewood, Cuban mahogany, Ceylon satinwood) and associated prices available per customer request.
 

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INSTRUMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

“Passieg de Gracia” - built 2015


● 1st Place - Stringed Instruments, Division Winner - Musical Instruments 2015 Orange County Fair
● Soundboard - European spruce
● Back and Sides - East Indian rosewood
● Honduras mahogany neck, linings and back bracing
● Handmade replica rosette, purflings, tieblock inlay, and other decorative inlays
● Hand carved ebony headstock overlay
● Rodgers sterling silver tuners 
● French polish of shellac finish on entire instrument
● Hiscox PROII hardshell case

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"Torija" performed by David Adele on a Gourlay-built Simplicio guitar

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