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Ignacio Fleta Pescador (31 July 1897 – 11 August 1977)[1] was a Spanish luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as guitars, violins, cellos, violas, as well as historical instruments.[2] Fleta is widely regarded as one of the foremost guitar makers in the history of the instrument and sometimes described as the Stradivarius, or Steinway, of the guitar.[3][4] Born into a family of cabinet makers, he initially built string- and historical instruments, and was inspired by Andrés Segovia to focus his efforts on the guitar.[5]

Ignacio Fleta Pescador
Born1897 in Huesca
Died1977 in Barcelona (aged 80)
Years active1927-1977
  • Gabriel Fleta
  • Francisco Fleta

During Ignacio Fleta's Golden Age, from the 1960s to the 1970s, he revolutionized the cedar top and is considered the greatest maker in that material. Fleta's guitars from this period are known as the " Rolls-Royce" of the classical guitar world.[6]

Throughout the 20th Century, he was championed by guitarists such as Andrés Segovia, John Williams and Alirio Diaz.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Roger Jones (1 January 2009). What's Who?: A Dictionary of Things Named After People and the People They are Named After. Troubador Publishing Ltd. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-1-84876-047-9.
  2. ^ Graham Wade (7 October 2010). A Concise History of the Classic Guitar. Mel Bay Publications. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-1-60974-280-5.
  3. ^ John Lichfield (30 March 2012). Our Man in Paris: A Foreign Correspondent, France and the French. Andrews UK Limited. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-1-908493-56-9.
  4. ^ Manuel Rodriguez (1 January 2010). The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars. Hal Leonard. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-4768-5553-0.
  5. ^ Ben Bolt (17 December 2010). Getting Into Classic Guitar. Mel Bay Publications. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-61065-116-5.
  6. ^ Morrish, John (2002). The Classical Guitar : A Complete History (1. ed.). San Francisco, CA, USA: Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879307257.
  7. ^ Nick Freeth (2002). The Guitar & Rock Equipment. Salamander. pp. 130–. ISBN 978-1-84065-395-3.

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