Contreras Guitar Question: What does the label tell me?

Updated on February 26, 2018 in General Discussion
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Hello. I was wondering about this Contreras guitar listing on reverb. Would you say that based on the picture of the label it was actually built by Contreras or by an understudy? Does it look to be a good deal? Any help you can give to me would be most appreciated.

https://reverb.com/item/9051260-cont…-rosewood-1972

 
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Looks like Indian Rosewood and the strings are about as low as they will go, judging by the bone saddle. Label doesn’t really tell us much. I would get a lot more info before buying. Find out how high the action is.

 

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Unless the label is signed, I would go on the assumption that it was not made by Manuel Contreras personally. In 1972, he had at least three qualified luthiers working under him, including Ignacio Rozas, making his higher models. Like most makers in Spain who have their own retail shops, he also sold a line of factory guitars under his label. Usually, such models have a distinctive label and headstock to distinguish them from ones made in the shop. 

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