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Guitarras y guitarrerías

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About This Project

We unconsciously associate these instruments with the art of Flamenco, but the reality is that many of them have not accompanied  palos ( different styles within flamenco) since their beginnings.

The guitar is the instrument par excellence in Flamenco. But, in the beginning, Flamenco was not accompanied by music, and the type of singing was known as a palo seco.

When Guitar and Flamenco vocals are combined

There is a great controversy in determining the exact date on which the guitar was incorporated into Flamenco. Some experts estimate that it will be at the beginning of the 19th century.

Others maintain that it was in 1850 with “El Murciano” in Granada, this guitarist is the first reference we can document.

The Guitar and Flamenco

The Guitar and Flamenco

The Guitar and Flamenco

The final fusion of Flamenco and the Flamenco guitar is in the 20th century, from it comes the structure of the different flamenco palos: Soleás, Alegrías, Seguriyas…

Flamenco becomes a spectacle.

The classical guitar and the flamenco guitar are different instruments.

First of all, the size is different. The Flamenco Guitar is slightly smaller than the classical one, and its sides are obviously also smaller. Flamenco guitars say that it is the ideal size to hold the guitar, so that the fingers acquire the ability to extend until they merge with the six strings.

The material with which it is made is also different. The flamenco guitar is usually made of cypress and spruce, while the classic has a more variety in terms of woods used, although the most common are cedar and palo santo.

Another difference, hardly perceptible to the eye, but decisive to the sound is the placement of the harmonic bars designed to perform flamenco techniques such as rasgueo, the movement that makes the cover vibrate and return to the repose position in very short time intervals.

And the fact beacuse flamenco guitar is different from classical guitar is due to the use of specific techniques: the picado, the flamenco tremolo or the arpeguios, for example. The sound of the flamenco guitar has less sonority than the classical guitar, at the same time it has a higher level of percussion.

``The Guitar has offered me the ability to express myself with the rest of the world without using the word.``
Paco de Lucía

These small differences between the classical and the flamenco guitar, draw the line that divides one sound from another. They are so subtle that usually the places where we can buy or repair a guitar work the two styles, classical and flamenco.

Where can I buy or repair my flamenco guitar in Madrid?

The best Guitar shops in Madrid


Guitar shop of family tradition

This family business was born in 1962 as a result of the passion for the guitar of the person who gives his name to this guitar shop. Manuel Contreras, was an innovative and independent luthier who revolutionized his profession with his own creations, such as the double cover model or the resonance background.

After the death of Manuel Contreras, three generations of his family have inherited this beautiful profession in the same line of work, under the premise of an innovative spirit and a constant development in the technique of guitar repair.

Prestige and experience make this Guitarry unique, not only in Spain, but internationally.

From this humble workshop, located in Calle Segovia 57, guitars are exported to the rest of the world.

``Waiting time, patience is the most important thing in the creation of a guitar, you should never be in a hurry``.

Manuel Contreras works exclusively with their own personal brand, builds and repairs their own guitars. Differentiating between classical and flamenco guitars, which as you know, are two different instruments.

The Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo, heart of Flamenco in Madrid, receives its audience with wonderful Manuel Contreras guitars hanging from the wall.

There are many flamenco guitarists who choose Manuel Contreras as their confidence site, Vicente Amigo or Ricardo Fernández Moral, among others.


Guitarras Raimundo for 1968

We found this temple of the guitar in Atocha street number 99, its manager Alberto Palma has an unconditional love for this instrument.

It differs from the rest because it is a multi-brand guitar store, covering 80% of Spanish brands. They offer exclusive consulting and the best quality-price offer in Madrid.

For decades they have been selling flamenco guitars in the capital. They maintain a close relationship with the great Flamenco Tablaos in Madrid and the best Flamenco Schools in Spain.

More than 12,000 instruments per year are produced, of which 85% are exported worldwide.

The Guitarrería de Madrid does not build guitars, they are specialized in repairing and the precise adjustments of the instrument. They have a Lutherier atelier and offer their customers a lifetime guarantee when revising and adjusting their guitar.

Many Flamenco experts, such as Montoya, Pepe Habichuela or Edu Durán,choose the Guitarrería de Madrid as their place of trust.


More than a luthier

Felipe Conde is one of the most valued luthiers by musicians.

Many years ago, they learned from Domingo Esteso the technique and know- how of the art of building the Spanish guitar. The war and the poverty that Spain was going through at that time complicated the way, but this did not prevent them from continuing the philosophy of work, the essence of detail and care when making guitars.

A way of working that they maintain nowadays and that has a direct impact on the sound of their guitars. Both in the shop and on their website you can find a collection of exclusive guitars.

``The workshop is always a guarantee. The relationship with the guitars is not stopped, they end up coming back for tuning``.

The prestige and recognition of Felipe Conde’s guitars is International.

The music of his guitars has traveled the world, appearing in universal musical events such as Music China, London Craft Week, Musikmesse (Frankfurt) or the Shanghai Chinese Music Fair, among others.

As a curiosity, Felipe Conde treated the first black flamenco guitar with a crescent, built before 1953, an authentic work of art that you can find in his workshop.

Paco de Lucía or Tomatito are some of the flamencos who put their instrument in the hands of Felipe Conde, so we have no doubt that it is a privileged guitar shop for you and your guitar.

Striking and strumming the strings of a flamenco guitar is art in its purest state.

Do you Know where you will purchase and/or repair yours?

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