Manual Reyes was arguably one of the most skilled and celebrated flamenco guitar builders of the 21st century. The Córdoba Reyes borrows elements from these highly prized, rare guitars and modifies certain elements to make them accessible to the modern player, resulting in a powerful, responsive flamenco guitar.

Reyes

Key Features

MSRP - $4,198 USD

  • Top Wood:
    • Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood:
    • Solid Cypress
  • Family:
    • Traditional
  • Style:
    • Flamenco
  • Construction:
    • All Solid Woods
  • Made in USA
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SeriesMaster
Item Number07160
MSRP$4,198 USD
Body TopSolid Engelmann Spruce
Upper Bout Width279mm (11")
Lower Bout Width368mm (14 1/2")
Body Depth Upper Bout85mm (3.35")
Body Depth Lower Bout90mm (3 1/2")
Body Length483mm (19")
Overall Length991mm (39")
Soundhole Diameter84mm (3 1/3")
Top Bracing Pattern1856 Torres 7 Fan
Back and Sides WoodSolid Cypress
Top BindingIndian Rosewood
RosetteAll Wood Reyes Design
Top Purfling InlayMaple and Black
Side Purfling InlayMaple and Black
Back Purfling InlayMaple and Black
Bridge MaterialIndian Rosewood
Saddle MaterialBone
Scale Length650mm (25 1/2")
Neck MaterialSpanish Cedar
Fingerboard MaterialEbony
Nut Width52mm (2")
Nut MaterialBone
Truss RodDual Action
Truss Rod Wrench4mm Allen Key
Neck Thickness 1st Fret21mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret24mm
Frets Total19
Tuning MachinesCordoba Master Series Matte Gold with Black Buttons
Neck ShapeC Shape
FinishNitrocellulose Lacquer
ColorNatural (NAT)
Tap PlateNo
StringsSavarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Included CaseCordoba Deluxe Humidified Archtop Wood Case

The Reyes Story

Why Reyes?

Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Manuel Reyes was widely considered the most prominent and influential flamenco guitar builder in recent history; he passed away in November 2014. Reyes’ creations are played by many top professional players, most notably Vicente Amigo, who has immortalized the Reyes sound on his best-selling albums. Reyes is credited with crafting THE Spanish sound, and the Córdoba Reyes carries on the tradition.

Our Approach

We embarked on designing the Córdoba Reyes by examining an authentic 1960s Reyes from the inside out. With a goal of understanding the essence of this iconic guitar, we studied wood thickness, bracing designs, material choices, wood grains, and vibration patterns. The combination of our own luthiers’ expert hands, trained eyes, and intuitive ears lead to an examination that was part science and part feel. After listening to and playing these guitars for hours on end, we fully analyzed the balance, resonance and response of the Reyes to fully inform our own design choices.

Construction

Like the majority of flamenco “blancas,” the Reyes is built with a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid cypress back and sides. Flamenco guitars like the Reyes have a lower action than classical guitars, creating a slight amount of “sizzle” to each note. Because of the lack of relief on the Spanish cedar neck, the frets buzz slightly, giving the Córdoba Reyes a snare drum-like pop. From picados to rasgueados, the Reyes is truly in its element when put under the test of any flamenco technique and never fails to deliver the classic flamenco sound. When played gently, it sings sweetly with a beautiful melodic voice, yet when driven hard, the biting, aggressive side is released. Our small team of skilled luthiers has added modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines and a breathable nitrocellulose finish to make this a guitar for contemporary players. A hardshell humidified archtop case is included.

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