1970s Paracho-made SNH Mexico Classical Guitar (VIDEO! Fresh Refret, Ready!)

$ 550.00

Quick notes: 1) This is consigned. 2) Any repair work has been done so it plays spot-on unless otherwise noted! 3) Please read the following text for full details and specs — it’s borrowed from my original blog post on it…

My friend Tom scrounged this guitar locally and I bought it off of him on the spot because it’s one of those underdog lovelies that you just know has the moves once they’re dialed-in and ready to go. It arrived here clean and in its original case and — huzzah! — check out that fancy trim! Right? I was suckered easily, but then again I’m a fan of Mexican-made oddball classical guitars.

Paracho is the town this was made in and it’s rightly-famous across the world as a place to find a good classical (or flamenco, or folk-nylon) guitar at any part of the market. You can find scads of builders there making completely-downmarket guitar-shaped kitsch and also world-class, upmarket, boutique instruments as well. 

This one is solidly middle-upper for the time it was made and it has a ridiculously-lightweight build with super-thin bracing. The materials are all solid and it has a full, clean, flamenco-like tonality to it. My guy Ancel did a great fretboard plane and refret to address a wonky fretboard and fretting and it’s now playing bang-on and handles like something much more expensive.

Repairs included: a board plane and refret with modern jumbos, one brace reglue, one seam repair, cleaning, and setup.

Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz

Scale length: 25 1/2″

Nut width: 2″

Neck shape: medium D

Board radius: flat

Body width: 14 3/4″

Body depth: 3 7/8″

Top wood: solid cedar

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany (figured back)

Bracing type: fan, very light

Bridge: rosewood family

Fretboard: rosewood family

Neck wood: mahogany or Spanish cedar

Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” overall (fast, spot-on)

String gauges: D’Addario light tension Pro-Artes

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: bigger/jumbo

Condition notes: for an older guitar, it’s in great condition. It has a number of minor scuffs and scratches in the finish but there are no cracks and it’s entirely original throughout. The fretboard was quirky and twisted when it arrived but the board plane and refret means it now plays like a boutique, brand-new, fancy guitar.

It comes with: its original hard case, circa late ’60s or early ’70s.