This guitar is the real deal. I can’t say exactly what year it is but all research and experts seem to believe this was made between 1947 and 1950. The instrument is in good condition for its age and will suit a collector or a student who wants the sound of timeless design and clean craftsmanship. An interesting piece.
Enrique Sanfeliu was born in 1882 in Valencia, Spain and as a child built small "toy" guitars for his friends - A true sign of a promising future as a guitar maker. After hearing Tarrega play a concert in Valencia, he decided to devote his life to the guitar - not just as a player, but also as a maker. He later moved to Valencia where he worked in the workshop of Juan Estruch and befriended Enrique Garcia, who shared his knowledge of lutherie with Sanfeliu. Built by his son Enrique Sanfeliu Jr. It has a beautiful, old-world sound, also reminiscent especially of Simplicio - lyrical trebles and a dark, haunting and mysterious quality.
Perhaps the most famous player of Sanfeliu guitars was Agustin Barrios Mangore, whose famous Sanfeliu instrument bore his name in the headstock. This particular guitar was owned by the great Brazilian guitarist Marcelo Kayath, who used it for some recording and television work he did in the early 1980s. Documentation from Mr. Kayath is included with the instrument. There are some minor repairs that were carried out to the guitar during Mr. Kayath's ownership, all done by his friend the great guitarist and luthier Sergio Abreu. This is a very fine, rare, collectible and playable instrument by one of the great Barcelona masters of the twentieth century.