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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2002, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any classical guitar gurus out there? looking for appraisal

I just started taking classical guitar lessons at my college this past week and so I had to get a classical guitar. Luckily, I didn't have to spend money on it because I know someone that owns a classical and doesn't play it. I asked them if I could borrow it(they only play acoustic steel string) and they said go ahead. Anyhow, we decided to try to look up this guitar on the internet to see if it is worth anything due to its mysterious past. This guitar was given to my relative around 12 years ago by his friend. That person found the guitar in their house after a tenant left it behind and since they don't play guitar, they gave it to their guitar playing friend(a.k.a. my relative). The luthier that made this guitar goes by the name of J. Castellucia. After looking up a year 2000 concert version classical guitar that is worth 3000 dollars, it piqued our interest to find out if the one we posess is worth anything significant. Like I said this guitar *has* to be more than 12 years old. I am not sure if it is made by Jean-Baptiste Castellucia, or his father, Jacques Castellucia, since the label is simply marked "J. Castellucia". The soundboard looks like its made of Spruce. The back and sides looks like they are brazillian rosewood. The label looks just like the following:
J. Castellucia Maitre Luthier PARIS F No 153(or 15-3, im not sure) Guitare Fait Main

The F and the number(153 or 15-3) are written in blue ink. I don't know if anyone here could help me out with this, but if you could even direct me to someone that might have an answer for me, that'd be great! Thanks for any replies in advance! If you need any more information, just let me know.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2002, 10:39 PM
 
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I dont have a clue. But Im a classical buff. I know the ramirez guitars were well noted and played by segovia. Try searching on google to see if you can find anything. http://www.google.com
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 09:59 AM
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If I'm not mistaken vwall is a guitar dealer.
He had an accoustic guitar for over $100 000 on sale a month ago, so he might know something about it.

I don't really know if he'll be able to help but type "vwall guitars" in google and drop him an e-mail.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 02:09 PM
 
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While we are at the topic, my classical guitar is a Gianinni Guitar from Brazil (which my mother got at her Hippie times ), and is one of the nicest classicals I've played so far. I celebrated its 30th birthday last year . But I couldnt find any info on it so far. Any infos??
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 06:55 PM
 
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I'm not a huge classical buff, but I do know that the Gianinni's from Brazil are fairly common. They are/were basically the Alvarez of Brazil. Great quality guitars, great prices, but they never quite achieved the same status as the Martins, Gibsons, etc. Over the 7+ years that I'd worked in a music store, I probably restrung a dozen or so different ones. Kind of strange since I'm totally landlocked in Colorado! But, they were all VERY nice guitars. And each owner wouldn't even think about parting with theirs! You might check out the Acoustic Guitar Blue Book...it could probably give you an idea of value.
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