Preliminary Announcement - in course of preparation.
Just like the other Alhambra 3C I sold previously (buyer's feedback - "No one does customer service like Bob! He matched the guitar to my needs, love it!"), I have had this guitar for quite a long time, and during this period, some repair work has been professionally undertaken, but inspection in conjunction with the luthier I work with has now revealed that, although the bridge is not pulling up from the guitar top, there is no adhesion between the rear part of the bridge and the top, and that therefore the bridge needs to be taken off and reset.
I am keeping the details available for enquiry, and if you are interested in buying, please get in touch, but please bear in mind that that there may be a delay before workshop repairs can be completed.
Enquiries I made some time ago with the Alhambra Company, at their factory, located in between Alicante and Valencia, Spain, suggested that, although the labels did not include the model identification at that time, from the styling, woods etc., they believed that this was a 3C model, made of All Solid Woods.
Alhambra still make the 3C model - current new on-line price for the 3C model, at The London Guitar Studio, is £329.
I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" my guitars, at the stage where I am still working on them, and although previously I had my doubts, this arrangement has now worked well in quite a number of cases, so I have decided to list some of the guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, and welcome further enquiries.
Stock Number: VTG1008.
The Guitar appears to be all original, including the internal label, which was probably originally dated, but the date stamp is no longer visible. The very similar guitar I sold recently had a 1973 date stamp, but this one appears to be a shade earlier,, and Alhambra say that it is an early model, made between 1965, when they commenced production, and 1972. It has beautifully coloured and grain patterned Solid Cedar top, including "Bearclaw" type markings, which originally suggested to me that the top was Spruce, but Alhambra say that it is Cedar.
The Herringbone inlay Soundhole Ring is beautifully intricate, and the top has restrained light Walnut edged and black binding. The equally restrained headstock has Mahogany facing. Back and sides, which Alhambra confirmed as being Solid Mahogany, as they were not using laminated during this period, are a deep, rich, dark-stained colouring, again offset by the Walnut binding.
Below is an extract from correspondence I had with Alhambra, back in June 2009:-
Thank you very much for all the pictures you provided. Undoubtedly, thanks to them we have been able to successfully identify this guitar. Carlos and Ricardo are two of our best workers who have worked here since Alhambra was founded, so they help me every time I have to identify any guitar.
This is a guitar model 3C, with solid Cedar top and solid Mahogany back and sides and the same walnut binding between sides and top & between sides and back. We estimate that your guitar was made in 1965-1972. In regards the construction, the way the guitar is handcrafted is still the same (Traditional Spanish heel construction) but now there are more quality controls.
After seeing the photos, I can tell you that I already understand the meaning of the word “bearclaw”.
In regards the wood, Carlos is telling me that the top of this guitar is Cedar not Spruce. The top is quite unusual because it has two colours and if you only see the light Cedar zone you could think that it is Spruce, but definitively it Cedar.
I hope that this information will be useful for you.
Kind regards, Pilar
Manufacturas Alhambra S.L. www.alhambrasl.com"
Dimensionally, the guitar is of typical full-size Classical proportions with a standard width fingerboard for a Classical Guitar of 52.5mm. at the nut, but a Scale Length of 652mm.
Cosmetically, the guitar is in generally good condition for a 40+ year old instrument, and I think that you will agree that the photos show that it remains a very handsome Vintage Guitar. Inevitably their are minor marks/and some very slight finish indentations, and small areas of finish/colour loss, but really minimal for a guitar of it's age.
Like quite a number of older solid wood guitars, in the past it had developed two fine cracks in the top - both close to the lower bout treble side edge. These were repaired about 4 years ago by a professional luthier, including internal wooden cleat reinforcement, and a have been entirely stable ever since, with no movement under thumb-pressure.
The guitar has been inspected by the highly respected and experienced Luthier and Classical Guitarmaker I work with, to check for any further issues or adjustments needed before sale, and as mentioned in the Intro above it has been found that the bridge needs to be reset. I am leaving the guitar details available for enquiry, but if you interested in buying, please bear in mind that there may be a delay in order to get this workshop repair completed.
There is a little play wear to the frets, but playing is not affected by this or the small area of wear to the fingerboard. The attractively decorated original tuner strip machine heads show virtually no age-related discolouration and work fine.
The action at the 12th. fret is standard for a Classical Guitar, at approx. 4mm., and it plays very nicely with a comfortable, quite "D" profile and shallow neck. It will be re-strung with quality USA made La Bella strings from the Elite Series - probably 850-B Classical Guitar Strings, with Golden Alloy Basses, and Black Nylon Trebles.
There is no case with the guitar, but I have some Gigbags, or if you require a case offering greater protection, I do have Hiscox Liteflite hardshell and other cases, and if I can marry the guitar to a suitable hard case for you, I am happy to discuss an inclusive price for Guitar and case and adjust the invoice accordingly.