1970s Carmencita T3 Classical Guitar

There's a little mislabeling going-on out there on the 'net with these instruments. This is a Carmencita-brand guitar that's made in Spain. There was also a German-made, Hofner classical guitar model called Carmencita as well. One can tell that, at a glance, they're completely different builds.

Anyhow, this is a folk-style classical guitar and would suit a flamenco/folk-fingerpicker/strummy player especially-well as it has a sort-of balanced, clean tone to it. This one is a bit on the beat-up side but it wears it in a comfortable, down-home sort-of way. It's a guitar that would invite you to pick it up and sing a bit if it were in the corner of a room.

It has wood binding and a nice, understated look to it. The top is solid spruce and the back and sides are mahogany. The board and bridge are both rosewood and it's original save the saddle.

Repairs included: my guy Jose did a level/dress of the frets, bridge shave and replacement fret saddle, and setup on it. I later modified the stringing style to "string-through" (modern uke style) at the bridge to give better back-angle on the saddle.

  • Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz
  • Scale length: 25 3/4"
  • Nut width: 2 1/8"
  • Neck shape: medium D
  • Board radius: flat
  • Body width: 14 3/4"
  • Body depth: 3 5/8"
  • Top wood: solid spruce
  • Back & sides wood: mahogany
  • Bracing type: fan
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Neck wood: mahogany
  • Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” overall (fast, spot-on)
  • String gauges: medium-tension nylon
  • Truss rod: none
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: medium

Condition notes: the top has weather-check and long finish cracks all over. For the ones that looked worse we added cleats to the rear of the top (we couldn't see through-cracks inside but just wanted to be sure). There are nicks, dings, bumps, and scratches throughout the instrument. The front edge of the bridge has been shaved a bit to get the action down and we replaced the original plastic saddle with a simple fret saddle. This helped, anyhow, as the saddle is now in the correct location (it was about 1/16" too far forward before). We added side dots as well.

It comes with: sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: EF