To try them out, schedule a meeting with us at 305.761.4558

To try them out, schedule a meeting with us at 305.761.4558

manuel contreras CLASSICAL GUITARS at savino music.

 

We only sell Manuel Contreras guitars in South America.

For information on Manuel Contreras guitars and shipping and handling to your country please visit  Manuel Contreras


Since 1959, Manuel Contreras has been recognized as one of the most innovative guitar makers in the industry. As a craftsman, he opened up the voice of the classical guitar in an effort to bring it centerstage in classical performance. Until then, the guitar was overlooked in favor of more popular instruments, barely respected enough to qualify as "classical". His purpose was certain: he was to put a more voluminous guitar in the hands of players, giving them the clarity that was then reserved only for the piano and violin.

The professional guitar world loved it, and thus the "Double Top" model was born. The design of the sounding back support outlined the guitar's response in performances, giving these instruments a generous reputation of sound and tone.The professional guitar world loved it, and thus the "Double Top" model was born. The design of the sounding back support outlined the guitar's response in performances, giving these instruments a generous reputation of sound and tone.The professional guitar world loved it, and thus the "Double Top" model was born.  The design of the sounding back support outlined the guitar's response in performances, giving these instruments a generous reputation of sound and tone.and thus the "Double Top" model was born. The design of the sounding back support outlined the guitar's response in performances, giving these instruments a generous reputation of sound and tone.and thus the "Double Top" model was born. The design of the sounding back support outlined the guitar's response in performances, giving these instruments a generous reputation of sound and tone.

The Contreras name is a brand of familial heritage, but with an eye set on the needs of players and innovation. Every guitar made by Contreras and his luthiers — including his son, the Junior Contreras, who worked alongside Contreras Sr. during his life — paid tribute to the musicians who would play them, consolidating creative pursuit and traditional woodwork into some of the world's best instruments. Who better to build a work of care, precision and love than a father and his son?

Since the inception of the revolutionary sounding back support, Contreras guitars have been sought after by the world's leading musicians. The achievements of the Contreras guitars are universal in their effects, reimagining the way luthiers make guitars and the role of the instrument within bands and orchestras everywhere. This culminated in the 2000 Joaquín Rodrigo Award for the 10th Anniversary model, arguably the frontrunner of the Contreras line and a staple of any classical guitar collection.

This is one of the most enchanting classical guitars in the world. The powerful Doble Tapa!

This is one of the most enchanting classical guitars in the world. The powerful Doble Tapa!


Of course, traditions are to be passed down. More recently, the Contreras luthiers have opened a new shop in Madrid under the leadership of Victoria Velasco where they are continuing the efforts that first drove Contreras Sr. and his son. With a new work space and a team of Spain's most gifted craftspeople, there is no doubt Contreras will be releasing some of their most evocative and progressive models to date.

Running a tight workshop is a work of dedication and respect, and Savino Music recognizes the perseverance it takes to continue building guitars under a lineage of art and innovation. To the luthiers and Mrs. Velasco — we know no one else is better suited for the job; and to the original Manuel Contreras and his son — we thank you for your hard work and achievements.



Luciana visits Victoria Velasco of Manuel Contreras in Spain!