|Top||German Spruce||Scale Length||650 mm|
|Back & Sides||East Indian Rosewood||Nut Width||52 mm|
|Item Number||Alejandro Negra||Availability||In Stock|
Alex van der Horst, aka Alejandro (1959-2009) was a well-respected Dutch guitar luthier, who built guitars in Malaga, Spain. His guitars are extremely well built and offer the player endless tonal possibilities. While not very well known here in the US, Alejandro was one of the most promising European luthiers of this era. According to Otto Vowinkel, with whom he worked with on a regular basis, Alex’s ideal guitar is one that has a flexible tone, great projection, and quick response. Due to his illness, he stopped building in 2008. Sadly, Alex passed away in September of 2009.
I personally met Alex in Sweden in 1986, while attending Ingesund College of Music. He came to show our professors, Gunar Lif and Ove Walter, a couple of great guitars. I ordered my guitar then. He delivered it personally a year later.
Of course, the guitar sounded and looked great. A few years later, once I was living in Stockholm, Alex contacted me and asked if he could borrow my guitar. What?? He claimed he did something different on my guitar, which made it sound better than the other ones he built, but he could not remember what it was.?!… Go wonder.
Alex had my guitar for 9 days and 5 hours (I really missed it, I must say). He thanked me dearly. We had a nice bottle of red wine ( his favorite) and talked for hours in my one-bedroom apt/studio. He never told me what he did differently on my guitar, but we had a great time…
Alex LOVED to drink red wine and talk about guitars for hours…..He used to say,” the Classical and Flamenco guitar has NO amplification, I need to build a guitar that projects in ANY room, and still maintain the balance, sweetness, and warmth”. Although not a concertmaster, Alex could really play well. He ALWAYS played with rest strokes. Once you started playing, Alex would scream, “play louder, louder, I want to hear the guitar”. With his crazy dark curly hair going in every direction, a heavy Dutch accent, and his very unique, extravagant personality…Alex was a real innovator of his Era.
This is an excellent Alejandro Classical Negra, a great concert instrument in pristine condition. This guitar has been played regularly for many years and therefore has a lovely open, and loose- rich sound. The sound is bright, strong, well balanced, and modulates easily between sweet and lyrical. Playability is easy with a comfortably D shaped neck, and the 20th fret for players needing a high natural C. Fitted with Fustero original tuners and hardshell case, this is a great instrument to add to your collection.