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I took a good look at it and noticed the quality and craftsmanship of the construction of the guitar.
I bought mine when I went to college at William & Mary in 1962. It was the very first to arrive at B&J as a sample. It was a friend of mine's grandpa and he doesn't play guitar so he gave it to me.Espana guitars were widely available in Canada about 35 years ago.They were carried by Canada's largest (and now defuct) department store Eaton's.I have a 12 string Espana from the late 60's early 70's I think.It is made in Finland and imported to New York by Espana Guitars, Pelham Manor, New York 10803.This is a little late coming, but I was doing some research on my guitar I have had as a young girl. A brand new Espana SL-1 or SL-2 Classical guitar cost about $300.00 CDN in 1967. : The product line was promoted, in Canada, by a Czech expat opera singer and actor named Jan Rubes. Rubes went on to appear in many films and television shows including the Harrison Ford Movie "Witness" were he played the Amish Patriarch. Rubes visited my public school to perform a concert using his Espana SL-2 Classical guitar. by a company called Espana Guitars in New York City.
The description you gave is exactly what mine seems to be. I was so impressed with the performance, and Mr Rubes, that I asked for a Espana guitar for my 10th birthday. I still play that guitar, almost everyday, 35 years later. The address given on the label inside the guitar is: : Espana Guitars : 5 Union Square : New York 3, NY : "3" seems like a very short Zip code.
The gentleman closely examined it and said it is a finely made guitar with excellent bracing and wonderful wood inlays with a spruce top and mahogany sides and back.
He suggested that I have an expert do the repairs and that although he is not a fan of orchestra guitars, he really liked this one. Thanks : Espana guitars were widely available in Canada about 35 years ago.
I found an Espana guitar in my wifes attic when we were dating.
She was going to throw it out, because the bridge was missing and there were a couple of blemishes on it.
I was so impressed with the performance, and Mr Rubes, that I asked for a Espana guitar for my 10th birthday. I still play that guitar, almost everyday, 35 years later. The address given on the label inside the guitar is: Espana Guitars 5 Union Square New York 3, NY "3" seems like a very short Zip code.