The signature quality of a Reyes guitar is in its dual personality – when played gently, it sings sweetly with a beautiful melodic voice, yet when driven hard, the biting, aggressive side is released. Flamenco guitars like the Reyes have a lower action than classical guitars, and so there tends to be a slight amount of “sizzle” to each note. This is produced from a very slight amount of intentional buzzing of the strings off the frets. This is what gives a flamenco an almost snare-drum like “pop” to the sound – whether one is playing scales (picado), strums (rasgueado) or the other various flamenco techniques (such as alzapua, tremolo, etc), these guitars are built and set up to deliver the authentic flamenco sound.
The ultimate flamenco guitar.
Like the majority of flamenco “blancas,” the Reyes is built with a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid cypress back and sides. It features a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard. Cordoba added a few modern refinements, such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings. The result is an instrument that exemplifies the authentic Reyes design, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.