1942 Manuel de la Chica Guitar

Guitar labelled 1942 restored by Manuel de la Chica himself in 1960 when he admitted that this guitar was a great help for him to fight the ravages of the Spanish Civil War to Francisco Segovia. Francisco Segovia bought it to a soldier that year. A unique historic guitar, a piece of our history, the history of the Granada Guitar-makers. It is kept in perfect conditions, because of Manuel de la Chica’s harmonious and solid way of construction: a perfect architectural conjunction.

Manuel de la Chica (Granada, b. 1911- 1998)

Manuel de la Chica was a Granada maker who was born in 1911. Like many guitar makers, Manuel de la Chica began as a cabinet maker. He did this work until the late 1930s, when he decided to build guitars. Already familiar with tools, woods, and having studied a little about acoustics, without any apprenticeship, he began to copy the guitars of Santos Hernandez.  In time, however, he began to evolve his own designs. He felt that if you understand how sound travels, then you can improve a guitar’s volume and tone. His technique wasto study how sound waves travel through the guitar. He claimed that the secret to making a great guitar was to take maximum of the vibrations that begin at the bridge and stop at the height of the sound hole. Although he achieved fame as a guitar maker, as a luthier Manuel built not only classical and flamenco guitars, butbandurrias, laúdes, bandurrins, laudins, laudons and guitar basses. Among his disciples are Antonio Lopez of Paris,  Francisco Manuel Diaz of Granada, and Pedro Maldonado of Malaga. Manuel de la Chica retired in 1973 due to poor health. He died in 1998. His instruments were played by Andrés Segovia, Celedonio Romero, Luis Sanchez, Manuel Cano and Sebastian Maroto.

 

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