Since 1989, the Almansa guitar has been built in the Spanish City of Almansa.
Situated in the province of Castile-La-Mancha, Almansa has had a turbulent history. Now in more peaceful times, it's dominated by the guitar makers of Almansa and Alhambra classical guitars.
Despite the fact that the company has only been in existance since 1989, the founders brought skills and techniques acquired from time spent in the workshops of other makers such as Rodriguez.
Like many of today's Spanish makers, Almansa combine these traditional skills with modern production methods where appropriate. And their legion of fans around the world love the results.
It's this ability to combine old methods with new that's enabled Spanish guitar makers to compete in the lower and mid price ranges as well as the professional end of the market.
I think it's wonderful that these relatively small classical guitar manufacturers have continued to prosper alongside the big multi-nationals.
This video shows the amazing talent the guitar makers at Almansa bring to the instruments they create.
The traditional methods brought to Almansa in 1989 are evident in all the guitars they make, from the least expensive to top of the range professional guitars.
Never mind the Cuban heels of the male flamenco dancers, the most important heel of all is the Spanish Heel.
The Spanish Heel is a traditional construction method that is at the heart of every Almansa classical guitar.
The neck of the guitar is notched at the heel to join the sides. The body is then constructed around the side assembly and the neck. This results in a very strong neck and body construction.
The advantage of this method is that the guitar has a greater than normal neck angle, which allows for a lower action and greater stability.
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