The guitars by Manuel Hernandez (1895-1975) and Victoriano Aguado (1897-1982) are immediately eye-catching with their puffed out hips and wide bout plantilla, tiny rosette, and stippled head stock design. Regarding sound, the instruments of Hernandez y Aguado keep good company, volume and power wise, with the other giants of Spanish guitar building such as Fleta and Rodriguez. But their lighter construction method produces a vibrant, complex and almost brassy instead of the robust, dark brooding tone of the Fleta or Rodriguez. The brassy tone mixes well with the warmth of cedar in this 1970 model and delivers an expressive and musical tone.
The guitar has been well-played in its lifetime and so small marks and wear are apparent and scattered around the top. The pores of the Brazilian rosewood back have absorbed some of the french polish near the waist, the bass side. But the guitar is structurally sound and an excellent example of the wonderful instruments produced by Hernandez y Aguado. The guitar includes the original case as well as the handwritten correspondence from the two builders to the original owner.