This was my first guitar. It was a gift from my aunt when I still lived in Mexico over 20 years ago. It had remained in Mexico at my parents' house for over a decade before I decided to bring it with me to the states. It is a requinto romantico handmade in Paracho, Michoacan by Jose Luis Velazquez. It has a solid spruce top, solid palo escrito (Mexican rosewood) sides and back, rosewood fretboard and mother of pearl soundhole inlay (pictured below.)
The requinto romantico is a small guitar that's tuned all the way up to A. This gives it a very bright and beautiful sound, perfect for rasqueo style in Mexican music, or soloing over trio-style songs. Growing up, I never gave this guitar the respect it deserved. Now I have a lot of appreciation for its craftsmanship and sound.
There's not a whole lot of information available online about this luthier or requintos in general. But, Candelas Guitars sells requintos made by Tomas Delgado. His mahogany requinto is remarkably similar to mine.
I love vintage guitars and gear. Guitars to me are the ultimate way to spend my fun money: I get to play them, I get to admire them and learn about their history.
Maybe someday I'll sell them for a profit. Still, I don't consider myself a "collector". I'm first and foremost a musician who simply has developed a little habit for buying the ocassional guitar (or guitar gear) when the price is right. The items presented here are not for sale, although anyone is always free to make me an offer.