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Manuel Contreras 1991 Acoustic Guitar

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Uploaded on Jul 22, 2011

Born in Madrid in 1926, Manuel Contreras was originally a cabinet maker. He joined the Ramirez company as a senior journeyman in 1959.
In 1962 he left Ramirez and set up his own workshop at Calle Mayor 80, Madrid.
Contreras then established himself as one of the finest and most innovative guitar makers in Span. In 1979 he was awarded the Export Award from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A year later he was given an honourable mention by the same body. Other awards, including the Medal of the City of Salon-de-Provence and the Medal of the City of Digne-les-Bains, were to follow. In 1981 Contreras visited Japan as a guest of the Niibori Guitar Academy as a tribute to his craftsmanship. In 1987 the Isla de la Francia Guitar Circle presented him with the order of the Good Rosette in recognition of his work in improving the classical guitar's sonority.
Contreras's most famous innovations were his double-top concert guitar (1974), based on an idea of Celendonio Romero, and the Carlevaro model (1983), based on an original idea of the Uruguayan guitarist Abel Carlevaro.
Manuel Contreras died in Madrid, 7 July 1994.

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