Milestones Romantica 1A

£1,999.00 incl. VAT

A sweet and delicate tone from this 19th century style classical guitar. In the 19th century the shape and size were “normal” but today would probably be called “parlour”.

Francisco Correa, the first professional player to try a Romantica here liked it so much that he bought it there and then! and then emailed: “I’m enjoying it very much, I might play the first concert with her in early January :)” .


Milestones make unique professional quality instruments. The company is the brainchild of lifelong German guitar expert Wolfgang Jellinghous who works with a team of the best Chinese luthiers to make instruments inspired by the creations of guitar-making pioneers from the 19th century to the present.

The Milestones Romantica is a tribute to the innovations of Rene Francois Lacote (1785 – 1868). Before Lacote, the design of the guitar had not changed much since the Baroque – it had narrow “hips”, ladder bracing after Stradivari, and was quiet but gentle-toned.

Lacote gave the guitar body more volume and increased the size of the soundboard “diaphram” area by widening the lower bout while slightly modifiying the form of the ladder bracing. the result was a guitar that could communicate with a growing audience while maintaining the sweet tonality.

Our current stock of these guitars is made without any of the woods on the CITES list of endangered species. Typically bridge and purfling woods might have been made of Indian Rosewood but we requested these were substituted with the equally musically sound Ziricote.

Like other Milestones guitars, the Romantica 1A represents extraordinary value for money.

Manufacturer Milestones
Model Name Romantica
Type Nineteenth Century Style classical guitar (“Lacote”)
Soundboard Wood Solid spruce
Sides Solid flamed maple
Back Solid flamed maple
Neck Material Cedar
Fingerboard Ebony
Number Of Frets 19
Bridge Material Ziricote
Headstock Veneer Maple
Binding Ziricote
Position Markers 5 and 7
Nut Material Bone
Saddle Material Bone
Bridge Description 18 hole tie block
Tuners Recessed high quality brass machine heads with 1:18 ratio and with black ebony buttons
Overall Finish French polish, natural colour
Overall Length 940mm
Body Length 454mm
Scale Length 632mm
Neck Width Nut 52mm
String Width Nut 42mm
String Width Bridge 57mm
Body Depth Heel 77mm
Body Depth Base 80mm
Upper Bout Width 262mm
Lower Bout Width 320mm
Waist Width 197mm
Country of Origin China
Case Fibreglass case included

Fibreglass case included in price.


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