1954 Del Pilar

1954 Del Pilar

William Del Pilar is a name well-known as a builder of extraordinary classical guitars to players the world over. He worked in his shop in Brooklyn, NY, from the early 1950s until his death in 2000, making instruments of great clarity and beauty. As a teenager in the 1960s I visited him there; he was one of the kindest and most helpful luthiers I was fortunate enough to interact with at the start of my own career. This particular classical guitar is a very early example, beautifully light in weight, signed in ink on its label “William Del Pilar 1954”. The back and sides are of the very, very best Brazilian rosewood of the day, gorgeously straight grained and of a much higher quality than has been seen anywhere in many decades. The top, which is signed underneath in two places, in ink, “New face 1976 Del Pilar” is of an extremely high grade of spruce of European or Alpine appearance, very evenly grained across its entirety. The guitar's tones are amazingly bright and clear across its entire range, from the highest trebles and mid-ranges right down to the basses, and there are a LOT of them. The sound coming out of this guitar is nothing short of stunning, a word I use rarely and do not use lightly. This instrument is in need of some work. While the playability is on the borderline of acceptable, the neck has a slight back bow and could do with a bit of straightening and/or refretting; there are some loose back braces that need minor attention; and there is some minor scuffing on the back. There are no cracks, anywhere; it has fared terrifically well in its sixty-five years; its most wonderful tonal qualities, and the enormous amount of them, show not only master craftsmanship but much playing in its lifetime, bringing out its superb qualities even more. William Del Pilar’s guitars routinely bring in the $5,000-plus range. I am offering this brilliant, most wonderful and endearing example as is, with padded bag, for $2995 w/bag

w/bag

$2995.00
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