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NMM 10909.  Guitar by Lorenzo, Rick, and Robert Pimentel, Pimentel & Sons,
Principal Builder Robert Pimentel, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 1999.
Southwestern Collection Series (Jazz classic cutaway style).  Grand Concert B.R. 4 NSM.
Paul Szmanda Collection, 2005.

NMM 10909.  Guitar by Lorenzo, Rick, and Robert Pimentel, Pimentel & Sons, Albuquerque, June 1999.

This guitar, designed for nylon strings like a traditional classical instrument, features a cutaway upper bout that facilitates playing in the upper registers. Made from fine Brazilian rosewood and German spruce, the instrumentís decoration features traditional Southwestern motifs and materials, including turquoise and red coral.

Note:  Click on any image on this page to see an enlargement.

Front, Side, and Back Views

NMM 10909.  Guitar by Pimentel & Sons, Albuquerque, June 1999.Treble side of guitarBass side of guitar Back of guitar

Inscriptions:  Printed in brown ink on paper label, the text superimposed over faint image of vihuela and lute, with single line border, the given names, model, serial number, and dates written in blue ballpoint pen: Lorenzo, Rick, Robert / PIMENTEL / OF ALBUQUERQUE / Model Southwestern Collection Series / Serial No. Grand Concert B:R. 4 NSM [sic] / Date June 99

Signed in silver ink on back of peghead, under finish: Pimentel & [ampersand in form of E with vertical line] Sons / New Mexico / USA 99 / 1951 [decorative device] 1999

Ebony veneer label to treble side of signature label with cut corners, written in silver ink, with single line silver border: Paul W. Szmanda

Inscription Images

Maker's label
Label showing owner's name

Label (above) with Owner's Name

Inscription on back of peghead

Front and Back Views of the Body

Front of guitar Back of guitar

Body:  Soundboard:  two-piece, German spruce, fine grain. Back:  two-piece book-matched Brazilian rosewood. Ribs:  two-piece, book-matched Brazilian rosewood. Head:  slotted, mahogany peghead veneered with triple-layer ebony over blue-dyed holly over ebony. Neck:  Honduran mahogany; flared heel.


Front of peghead Bass side of peghead Treble side of peghead Back of peghead


Fretboard, Neck, and Neck Heel

Neck heel
Back of neck

Trim:  Heel cap:  ebony. Fingerboard:  African ebony; 21 nickel-silver frets under E- and B-strings; 19 nickel-silver frets under G- and E-strings; 18 nickel-silver frets under D-string; 14k gold side dots behind 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 12th frets. Nut:  fossil ivory. Bridge:  Brazilian rosewood; bone saddle; rectangular turquoise inlay on string anchor surrounded by 14k gold wire, ebony or ebony strip, and bone edging. Tuners:  two sets of Waverly gold-plated steel worm-gear machine heads with white plastic rollers, ebony heads with gold pins, the plates stamped with floral design, the upper end of plates terminating in lyres. Endpin:  nickel-plated steel jack plug attached to Fishman classical soundboard transducer set into top. Finish:  clear.





Inlay:  Binding:  rosewood with blue-dyed holly, holly, and ebony purfling strip trim on top, holly purfling strip trim on ribs and back. Rosette:  ebony, turquoise, 14k gold, and red coral with geometric southwestern motifs, and secondary ring of two ebony purfling strips with gold wire strip in center, with natural wood in between inner and outer rosette bands. Back stripe:  alternating strips of holly and ebony forming herringbone pattern, with very narrow holly purfling strip through center, the herringbone surrounded on each side with two strips of holly and one strip of ebony purfling. Head inlay:  stylized figure of flutist in abalone, turquoise, red coral, and 14k gold. End graft:  alternating strips of holly and ebony forming herringbone pattern, with very narrow holly purfling strip through center, the herringbone surrounded on each side with two strips of holly and one strip of ebony purfling.

End Graft

Bottom of guitar

Interior:  Linings:  kerfed Spanish cedar. Neck block:  Spanish cedar; extended foot on back side. End block:  maple. Top bracing:  spruce X-brace; two braces in lower bouts parallel to center joint, with one cross brace near bottom; two cross braces above soundhole; spruce graft above upper braces; soundhole reinforced with dark brown softwood. Back braces:  three Spanish cedar back braces. Back graft:  Spanish cedar.

Measurements:  Total guitar length:  1016 mm (40″)
Back length:  500 mm (19-11/16″)
Upper bout width:  298 mm (11-3/4″)
Waist width:  249 mm (9-13/16″)
Lower bout width:  385 mm (15-5/32″)
Rib height (including edging) at heel:  101 mm (3-31/32″)
Rib height, at waist:  105 mm (4-1/8″)
Rib height, at end block:  104 mm (4-3/32″)
Head length:  186 mm (7-5/16″)
Head width, top:  75 mm (2-31/32″)
Head width, bottom:  71 mm (2-13/16″)
Neck length (nut to ribs):  328 mm (12-29/32″)
Neck width, nut:  49 mm (1-15/16″)
Neck width, heel:  60 mm (2-3/8″)
Soundhole diameter:  86 mm (3-3/8″)
Vibrating string length (nut to bridge edge):  high E:  660 mm (26″); low E:  659 mm (25-15/16″)

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