Felipe Conde Guitars
Felipe Conde Cavia was born in Madrid in 1957, the third generation of the Esteso-Conde guitar builders dynasty.
His father, Mariano Conde father, direct nephew of Domingo Esteso, from whom he learned the art of guitar construction with Faustino and Julio Conde.
Felipe Conde is the maximum representative of one of the most prestigious and important firms in the history of Spanish guitar: Hermanos Conde.
To speak of Hermanos Conde is to speak of Paco de Lucía, Moraito Chico, Pepe Habichuela, Cepero, and an infinite list of first-rate artists
And precisely this is the secret of the firm, Hermanos Conde knew how to print a distinctive, distinctive sound on their guitars, which made the best guitarists want to play with their guitars
Here is the most recent part of the history of this great saga of builders, explained by his son Felipe Conde:
THIRD EPOCH “BROTHERS COUNT NEPHEWS OF ESTESO”
«When Nicolasa Salamanca died, the brothers chose to first name themselves SUNDAY NEPHEWS-COUNT BROTHERS and later called SUNDAY-COUNT BROTHERS-SUNDAY ESTESO.
This era was the most prolific for the brothers in the construction of guitars that were demanded by the vast majority of professionals, including: Niño Ricardo, Sabicas, Melchor de Marchena, Mario Escudero, Paco de Lucia, Paco Cepero, Enrique de Melchor, the “Habichuela”, Oscar Herrero, Gerardo Nuñez, Rafael Riqueni, “Tomatito”, Al di Meola, John McLaughlin, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens…
In 1960, the “crescent head” became the main guitar, which became the signature of the firm, the measures of the template were also modified, the internal bracing of the cover and new mosaics were introduced , inspired by the embroidery of past centuries.
At this time, my father and uncle introduced Palo Santo wood for the first time in flamenco guitar, traditionally used for classical guitar, and by Paco de Lucia it became popular as a flamenco guitar for concert. This guitar is called «black» in the flamenco world, as opposed to the «white» one built in cypress wood.
Thus, a characteristic sound was obtained, with great volume and its own personality, recognized by the world of the guitar.
In 1971, I, Felipe Conde, entered the workshop on Calle Gravina 7, hand in hand with my father, Mariano Conde and my uncle Faustino Conde, this being the beginning of the next generation.
From my father, I learn, fundamentally, two things that will mark my entire professional career: on the one hand respect for tradition and good work in the construction of guitars and, on the other hand, contact with the public and the professional, who They will give me the key to improve and investigate the sound of my guitars.
Years later my brother, Mariano Conde Jr., entered the workshop.
1980 – 2010
FOURTH EPOCH “COUNT BROTHERS NEPHEW SUCCESSORS OF ESTESO”
In 1980, my father Mariano Conde establishes a new workshop on Calle Felipe V nº 2 and begins with his children a new journey in the history of the family.
Until the death of my uncle Faustino in 1988, we were linked to the workshop on Calle Gravina No. 7. From that moment on, Felipe V’s workshop began to operate independently.
In 1989, my father Mariano Conde died and my brother and I took over the workshop.
In a first phase there is a continuity in the construction of guitars for later, taking advantage of the improvements in materials, tools and technology, giving a boost to the construction, always maintaining the traditional sound and the way of building by hand making each of the guitars an instrument with its own history and personality.
Felipe V model, this being a guitar with woods selected for their beauty, quality and antiquity, with great marquetry work and a careful finish.
Reissue Model Domingo Esteso and Model Widow and Nephews of Esteso from 1953 (this guitar was inspired by a guitar from the year 1953 commissioned by Tim Miklaucic, owner of Guitar Salon International). These two models are built with the same templates, old wood and original sills.
The guitarists who currently use our guitars, many, are the same as in the previous era, since they have remained faithful to our sound, incorporating the new generations of guitarists such as Javier Conde, Roberto Morón, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, Sergio Vallin and a long etcetera.
At this time I developed professionally, consolidating the knowledge that I acquired with my father and uncle and took the firm around the world, attending international Music Fairs such as Frankfurt, NAMM, Japan, responding to the great interest that has arisen for Spanish art and culture around the world. »