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José Benedid

11 fret spanish
11 fret spanish
11 fret spanish
11 fret spanish

Information on the maker of the Ukulele like instrument I have seen it tricky and largely speculative, (it doesn't help that the photos are very small). The obvious information from the label is it was made in Cadiz by José Benedid it even give the exact address, 85 St. Augustin Street. A little research shows there was an internationally renowned and important Guitar luthier at this address, Josef Benedid. It also show he had a son called José who was also an internationally renowned and important Guitar luthier; job done! Not quite, Josef died in 1836 and José famously emigrated to Cuba with all of his important work coming from there. My suspicion is, as Josef had 9 children, two others went on to be slightly less important but still noteworthy Guitar luthiers, (one of whom died childless but the other, Mateo had children and one of them was called José - but I don't know this José's occupation), that this is probably the work of one of Josef's grandchildren or even great grandchildren, (Yes it could be a very old Guitarico but Cadiz is the other side of Spain to where guitaricos were popular)

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