Re: Asturias C140S Classical Guitar

Posted by Stuart Harling on Sat, 10/28/06 - 14:26:16.

: : I have an Asturias C140S that I purchased used about 20 years ago. I was wondering if anyone can provide me with any information on this model and its approximate age. Guitar has a cedar top, mahogany neck, beautiful rosewood sides and back. The label say: Asturias and below is written "Handcrafted by M. Matano." And below that the model number.

: : Thank you,

: : Greg

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: Hmmm... I have a 1978 manufactured WASHBURN Hauser copy, model number C-140S. It's a fabulous classical, and I've played it for all these years....great for those Villa Lobos etudes, etc. Definitely a "concert instrument"!
: The Japanese corporation that purchased the Washburn name in the late 1970s supposedly used one of the better Japanese plants when they started their acoustic line, and they put out a Ramires, a Hauser, and a Fleta model. Great "top of the line" type stuff. I've been looking for a used Fleta or Ramires copy of the same vintage and quality.
: So my guess is your Asturias might be the same model as my Washburn, just sold under a different name? Rosewood sides and back and solid spruce top, for sure.

I bought an Asturias C140S second-hand from The Spanish Guitar Centre in Bristol England about 1967. I think I paid about £250 or less. It gave me great pleasure over some years until business and family seemed to prevent me from playing. However I still have the instrument and am resuming playing - almost as a beginner. Are there others who share such a lovely instrument ? Has anyone any idea for how much a C140S ought to be insured ? A contact will be returned.
Stuart Harling @ 28th October 2006

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