choice of two
incredibly rare c.1890s South American 11-strings
OK, here's the deal: I acquired these for my museum in 2015 and 2016, the latter undergoing restoration and just now received. The top instrument is by Tomas Estevan of Montevideo, Uruguay, c.1895, and the other is by Francisco Nuñez of Buenos Aires, Argentina from the same period.
They are both wonderful, unique and rare...and completely different. I really only need one representative of this form, and would be happy with either. The Estevan is perfectly playable and in great condition but has a couple cracks and loose braces. The Nuñez was expertly restored by Eric Reid in northern California. It is the better player and sounds ridiculously great. The Estevan sounds very nice as well (check out the body depth!).
I'm offering either at my cost+ and whichever one happens to sell, I'll keep the other.
The Estevan (acquired from Fine Fretted String Instruments) can be seen and heard here.
The Nuñez (acquired from the private party that collected these instruments in South America) can be heard here (pre-restoration).
Floating bass string guitars of Spanish influence were commonly played by the community of virtuoso guitarists that settled in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the late 1800's. Surviving instruments are exceedingly uncommon. One important player was Carlos Garcia Tolsa (1858-1905), who owned an almost identical Nuñez instrument (pictured).
- Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner
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