Carrillo 1a Blanca - Cypress

Carrillo 1a Blanca - Cypress

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Description

Like with the Alegrias, I find this guitar very light and easy to play with the higher tension of the stings, but when I start to play I am immediately struck by her instant depth of sound – she is loud and bright like a flamenco guitar should be, but every single note is rounded off perfectly. This equates to “warmth”, although it is a different type of warmth to how one would describe, for example, a cedar top classical guitar; it is precise, and sweet.

The fretboard is nicely balanced, and the middle trebles are given a better clarity of sound and so they ring out. This is particularly evident in the G major section of Tarantelle by Mertz, where the texture of the music is thick and the melody is in the middle strings - I find I can bring out the melody without much effort at all. Perhaps my favourite thing about this guitar is her bass – the descending A minor scale dispersed by offbeat chords is energetic and bouncy without losing it’s gravity, and the projection is immense!

Equally, the bass melody in the second section of Villa Lobos’ Prelude no. 4 thunders, but still manages to sound lyrical, like a cello. Because of the well-balanced fretboard, the broken chord pattern that “patters” over the top has a lovely even shape. Playing the 1st Prelude the bass retains that cello-like expressiveness, and the E major section which culminates in a pattern of strummed chords and harmonics is made for this guitar with it’s classic flamenco drama.

I finish trialling this guitar out by playing Torija by Moreno-Torroba, which nicely rounds off and highlights her best attributes. The tone is warm and sweet, expressive and nostalgic. She truly is a sophisticated instrument with astonishing musicality.
Jess

Like with the Alegrias, I find this guitar very light and easy to play with the higher tension of the stings, but when I start to play I am immediately struck by her instant depth of sound – she is loud and bright like a flamenco guitar should be, but every single note is rounded off perfectly. This equates to “warmth”, although it is a different type of warmth to how one would describe, for example, a cedar top classical guitar; it is precise, and sweet.

The fretboard is nicely balanced, and the middle trebles are given a better clarity of sound and so they ring out. This is particularly evident in the G major section of Tarantelle by Mertz, where the texture of the music is thick and the melody is in the middle strings - I find I can bring out the melody without much effort at all. Perhaps my favourite thing about this guitar is her bass – the descending A minor scale dispersed by offbeat chords is energetic and bouncy without losing it’s gravity, and the projection is immense!

Equally, the bass melody in the second section of Villa Lobos’ Prelude no. 4 thunders, but still manages to sound lyrical, like a cello. Because of the well-balanced fretboard, the broken chord pattern that “patters” over the top has a lovely even shape. Playing the 1st Prelude the bass retains that cello-like expressiveness, and the E major section which culminates in a pattern of strummed chords and harmonics is made for this guitar with it’s classic flamenco drama.

I finish trialling this guitar out by playing Torija by Moreno-Torroba, which nicely rounds off and highlights her best attributes. The tone is warm and sweet, expressive and nostalgic. She truly is a sophisticated instrument with astonishing musicality.
Jess

Specification

Top

Solid German Spruce

Back

Solid Spanish Cypress

Sides

Solid Spanish Cypress

Neck

Honduras Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Golpeadore

Fitted

Finish

Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Tuners

Fustero

Case

Case Included

Dimensions

Scale Length

660mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

283mm

Lower Bout

370mm

Body Depth

98mm