Classical Guitars:
Classical guitars owned or loaned to Julian Bream while a professional adult guitarist

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Guitar: Simon Ambridge, UK (2009)

Date acquired: bought in 2009

Notes:

  • Hermann Hauser I replica of the 1940 guitar owned by Saul Marantz (likely the sister guitar to the one loaned to Julian Bream by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate). The Marantz owned Hauser I is externally identical to the Rose Augustine guitar except for the omission of the head inlay and the engraved Mother of Pearl tie block on the Augustine guitar. The Marantz guitar has two bone strips on the tie block. Internally, the Marantz has a striking difference in that it has a double lining made up of two separate kerfed strips.Both of these Hauser I guitars (Marantz and Augustine) are tuned or have a resonance of E/E flat.
  • Unlike the Marantz guitar, the Ambridge copy made for Bream has a single lining.
  • The guitar was commissioned by Julian Bream.
  • Ambridge guitar has a resonance of low E.
  • No known recordings with this guitar.
  • The Ambridge guitar was used on occasion for impromptu, secret recitals given among friends and at local churches.
  • The guitar was used at a private memorial recital at the Wigmore Hall.
  • This guitar was Julian's daily practise instrument until the time that he loaned it to Jonathan Leathwood.
  • The instrument was loaned to Jonathan Leathwood and later bequeathed to him after Julian Bream's passing.

Sources:

  • "Remembering Julian Bream", American Lutherie - The Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Number 142/Spring 2021, p. _
    by Cyndy Burton, José Romanillos, R.E. Bruné, Jeffrey R. Elliott, Kevin Aram, Gary Southwell, and Simon Ambridge.

  • ECA/USP GRADUATE COURSE: Conversations with Julian Bream - Prof. Jonathan Leathwood.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u_jTLdjjjg





Guitar: Gary Southwell, UK. No. 240 (2008)
Date acquired: bought in 2008
Notes:

  • Hermann Hauser I replica of the guitar loaned to Julian Bream by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate.
  • The guitar was commissioned by Julian Bream.
  • This guitar has a resonance of low E.
  • No known recordings with this guitar.
  • This guitar became Julian's daily practise instrument once the Ambridge guitar was loaned to Jonathan Leathwood.
  • This guitar was found on a guitar stand in his home at the time of Julian Bream's passing.
  • This guitar was auctioned off by Semley Auctioneers for 12000 GBP (16,400 US). The proceeds of the sale went to the Julian Bream Trust.
  • The guitar is currently in a private collection in the United States.

Sources:

  • "Remembering Julian Bream", American Lutherie - The Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Number 142/Spring 2021, p. _
    by Cyndy Burton, José Romanillos, R.E. Bruné, Jeffrey R. Elliott, Kevin Aram, Gary Southwell, and Simon Ambridge.

  • ECA/USP GRADUATE COURSE: Conversations with Julian Bream - Prof. Jonathan Leathwood.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u_jTLdjjjg
  • Information verified by Gary Southwell. www.southwellguitars.co.uk

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Guitar: Gerhard J. Oldiges, Germany (2008)

Date: acquired: bought in 2008

Notes:

Sources:

  • This information was verified by Gerhard J. Oldiges.



Guitar: Brian Cohen, UK (1997)
Date acquired: bought in 1997

Notes:

  • Hermann Hauser I replica of the guitar loaned to Julian Bream by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate.
  • The first guitar commissioned in 1991 was a replica of the Hermann Hauser I
  • During the years 1991 through 1996, eight guitars were commissioned by Bream. 
  • No known recordings with this guitar.
  • Sold in 2008 by Kent Guitar Classics (click on the KGC link for more information on this guitar




Guitar: Gary Southwell, UK (1996)

Date acquired: bought in 1996

Notes:

  • Hermann Hauser I replica of the guitar loaned to Julian Bream by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate.
  • No known recordings with this guitar.




Guitar: Brian Cohen, UK (1991)
Date Acquired:
Notes:

  • The first guitar commissioned in 1991 was a replica of the Hermann Hauser I loaned to Julian Bream by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate.
  • During the years 1991- through 1996, eight guitars were commissioned by Bream. 
  • No known recordings with this guitar.




Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany (1940)
Date acquired: Loaned to Julian Bream in 1990?
Notes:

  • Loaned to Bream in 1990. Owned by Rose Augustine/Augustine Estate.
  • This guitar has a resonance of low E/E flat.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album To the Edge of Dream: Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Arnold recorded in October 1990, June 1991 and February 1992.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Nocturnal: Britten, Lutoslawski, Martin, Takemitsu and Brouwer recorded in September and October 1992.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album J.S. Bach recorded in October and November 1992.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Sonata: Paganini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Josérecorded in November 1993.
  • Guitar was loaned to Julian Bream for about 20 years by the Augustine Estate.
  • The guitar remained with Jullian Bream many years into his retirement. It was returned to the Augustine Foundation in 2008.
  • Currently being displayed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/506776

Quote:

  • "Many years ago Rose assigned the instrument to me on the basis of an ongoing loan. I found it hard to repay her for that wonderful gesture, which made me ever more determined to make it sound as eloquent and beautiful as I could" Julian Bream.



Guitar: Kevin Aram, UK. (1988) "Myrtle"
Date: Purchased in 1988
Notes:

  • Likely the guitar was used for the recording of the album La Guitarra Romantica recorded on October 1989 and August 1990. Selections 1, 7-18.




Guitar: Kevin Aram, UK. (1986)
Date: Purchased in 1988
Notes:

  • No known recordings with this guitar.



Guitar: Jeffrey R. Elliott, USA, (1986)

Date Acquired:

Notes:

  • No known recordings with this guitar.
  • Possibly the guitar used for the recording of the album Guitar Concertos: Rodrigo and Brouwer, recorded on July 7-9, 1987.
  • Definitely the guitar on the cover of the album Guitar Concertos: Rodrigo and Brouwer but J. Elliott is not convinced it is his guitar on the recording.




Guitar: José Romanillos, UK/Spanish builder. (1985)
Date: Purchased in 1985
Notes:

  • No known recordings with this guitar.




Guitar: José Romanillos, UK/Spanish builder. No. 592 " La Lechuza" (1981)
Date: Purchased in 1981
Notes:

  • No known recordings with this guitar.
  • Romanillos replaced the three-piece back with a two-piece back in 1983 and reduced the string action to make it easier to play for Bream, who had injured his elbow in a car accident at the time.
  • "La Lechuza" is Spanish for "the owl". Romanillos named the guitar after something that symbolizes wisdom.
  • This is the guitar featured in Michael Taylor's portraiture of Julian Bream that is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London.



Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany. (1944)
Date: Purchased by Bream on 197
Notes:

  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Villa-Lobos: 12 Etudes for Guitar and Suite Populaire Brésilienne recorded in May and June 1978.




Guitar: José Romanillos, UK/Spanish builder. (1973) No. 8
Date: Purchased by Bream on 1973
Notes:

  • Built specifically for Julian Bream
  • Copy of a 1930 Hermann Hauser I guitar. [1]
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Julian and John/2 ("Together Again") recorded in June 1973.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Giuliani and Sor recorded in February and March 1974.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Rodrigo and Berkley recorded in November 1974 and May 1975.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Music of Spain, vol. 4 - The Classical Heritage: Sor and Aguado recorded in October and November 1980.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Music of Spain, vol. 5 - Plays Granados and Albéniz recorded in June and July 1982.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Music of Spain, vol. 8 - Joaquín Rodrigo recorded on October 1981, December 1982 and January 1983.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Dedication recorded on October and December 1981 and January 1982.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Music of Spain, vol. 7 - A Celebration of Andrés Segovia recorded on February and May 1983
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album ¡Guitarra! The Guitar in Spain, recorded in 1983/1984. Side 1 Boccherini: Fandango and entire Side 2.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album La Guitarra Romantica recorded in September 1983 and April 1984. Selections 2-6.




Guitar: Hernández y Aguado, Spain. (1965)
Date: Purchased by Bream on 197_?
Notes:

  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Julian Bream '70s recorded in September 1972 and February 1973.




Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany. (1936)
Date: Purchased by Bream on 197?
Notes:

  • One of the guitars used for the recording of the album Julian Bream Plays Villa-Lobos, recorded in February and May 1971.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Julian & John ("Together"), recorded in July and August 1971.



Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany.  (1950)
Date acquired: Purchased by Bream on 197_?
Notes:

  • One of the guitars used for the recording of the album Julian Bream Plays Villa-Lobos, recorded in February and May 1971.




Guitar: José Romanillos, UK/Spanish builder. (1969) No. 3
Date acquired: Purchased by Bream on 1969
Notes:

  • Built specifically for Julian Bream




Guitar: (Manuel?) Ramírez, Spain. (19__)
Date acquired: Purchased in 196_?
Notes:

  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Romantic Guitar, recorded in May 1970.
  • Tony Palmer mentioned in his book A Life on the Road that this guitar was a "Manuel Ramírez, 1968". That information has then been repeated in other publications.
  • The information in the Palmer book was reported incorrectly.
  • Manuel Ramírez died in 1916. The workshop was continued first by his widow and then for a few years by Modesto Borreguero. Most probably the guitar in question was an instrument made in the workshop of the José Ramírez family (José Ramírez was the elder brother of Manuel Ramírez) that still exists today in Madrid. The Manuel Ramirez workshop, working under "Viuda(widow) de Manuel Ramirez", closed in 1923 a few years after Manuel's widow passed away in 1921.
  • It is also possible that the guitar was a Manuel Ramirez guitar but the date of construction incorrectly stated. Maybe 1968 was the date that Bream acquired the guitar.
  • If this Ramirez guitar is in fact a Manuel Ramirez instrument then it would have to be from 1923 or earlier.
  • This guitar could possibly be the same guitar stated below under "(Manuel?) Ramirez, Spain. (1963?).

Sources:

  • Ramírez Guitars: Company History
  • A well-respected luthier, Gerhard J. Oldiges



Guitar: Daniel Friederich, France. (196?)

Date acquired:

Notes:

  • Guitar used on tour 1969
  • No known recordings with this guitar.




Guitar: David "Jose" Rubio, UK.  (1966)
Date acquired: Purchased by Bream on 1966.
Notes:

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream while Rubio was still in New York City, NY.
  • Julian Bream used it at a performance in San Francisco, CA immediately after receiving it.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Julian Bream and His Friends, recorded in November and December 1967.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Classic Guitar, recorded in September 1967 and September 1968.

Sources:

  • "The English Gentleman Luthier, David Rubio: An Identity Born in the USA" by James Westbrook, Journal of the America Musical Instrument Society Vol. XLV 2019.
  • Webmaster's numerous communications with Dr James Westbrook.




Guitar: David "Jose" Rubio, UK.  (196?)
Date acquired: likely 1965-66

Notes:

  • Julian Bream traded his 1965 Rubio (below) for this guitar that was on the shelf at the Rubio shop in NY.
  • This guitar was likely made at the same time as the originally commissioned guitar from 1965. Rubio would oftentimes make 3 guitars at a time.
  • The "off the shelf" guitar is not mentioned in Rubio's order book since it was not specifically ordered by anyone. The exact number of this guitar is not known.

Sources:

  • "The English Gentleman Luthier, David Rubio: An Identity Born in the USA" by James Westbrook, Journal of the America Musical Instrument Society Vol. XLV 2019.
  • Webmaster's numerous communications with Dr James Westbrook.




Guitar: David "Jose" Rubio, UK.  SP/CSAR (1965) No. 40
Date acquired: Purchased by Bream on 1965.
Notes

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream while Rubio was still in New York City, NY
  • Used from 1965 to
  • Guitar was a based on Jullian Bream's 1964 Robert Bouchet guitar.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album 20th Century Guitar recorded in September 1966.
  • Despite the success of the 20th Century Guitar album, Bream took the guitar back to Rubio and ended trading it for a new guitar he had just built.
  • Interesting story about the next buyer of this guitar as told by David Rubio. The guitar was resold as a new guitar. The buyer then resold it because he wanted one that sounded more like Bream's! 
  • Click on the Guitar Salon International link for more information on this guitar- sorry this particular Rubios guitar is no longer on their site.

Sources:

  • "The English Gentleman Luthier, David Rubio: An Identity Born in the USA" by James Westbrook, Journal of the America Musical Instrument Society Vol. XLV 2019.
  • Webmaster's numerous communications with Dr James Westbrook.





Guitar: Robert Bouchet, France. (1964)
Date acquired: Purchased in 1964
Notes:

  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Baroque Guitar recorded in 1965.
  • Guitar used by Bream for the recording of the album Julian Bream and John Williams "LIVE" recorded in October 1978.
  • Both albums recorded on a 1964 Bouchet but not sure if it was the same guitar.
  • This guitar is was stolen from a car.




Guitar: Robert Bouchet, France. (1960)
Date acquired: Purchased in 1962
Notes:

  • One of the 2 guitars used for the recording of the album Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Britten recorded in October 1963.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Music for Voice and Guitar recorded in September 1963 and March 1964.
  • Guitar used for the recording of the album J.S. Bach: Lute Suites, Nos. 1 and 2 recorded in September and October 1965.




Guitar: (Manuel?) Ramírez, Spain. (1963?)
Date acquired: Purchased in 196_?
Notes:

  • One of the 2 guitars used for the recording of the album Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Britten, recorded in October 1963.
  • Tony Palmer mentioned in his book A Life on the Road that this guitar was a "Manuel Ramírez, 1963". That information has then been repeated in other publications.
  • The information in the Palmer book was reported incorrectly.
  • Manuel Ramírez died in 1916. The workshop was continued first by his widow and then for a few years by Modesto Borreguero. Most probably the guitar in question was an instrument made in the workshop of the José Ramírez family (José Ramírez was the elder brother of Manuel Ramírez) that still exists today in Madrid. The Manuel Ramirez workshop, working under "Viuda(widow) de Manuel Ramirez", closed in 1923 a few years after Manuel's widow passed away in 1921.
  • It is also possible that the guitar was a Manuel Ramirez guitar but the date of construction incorrectly stated. Maybe 1968 was the date that Bream acquired the guitar.
  • If this Ramirez guitar is in fact a Manuel Ramirez instrument then it would have to be from 1923 or earlier.

Sources:

  • Ramírez Guitars: Company History
  • A well-respected luthier, Gerhard J. Oldiges




Guitar: Robert Bouchet, France. (1962)
Date acquired: Purchased in 1962
Notes:

  • One of the 2 Bouchet guitars used for the recording of the album Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar, recorded in November & December 1962.


Guitar: Robert Bouchet, France. (1957)

Date acquired: Purchased in 1962

Notes:

  • One of the 2 Bouchet guitars used for the recording of the album Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar, recorded in November & December 1962.




Guitar: Edgar Mönch, Germany/Canada, 1959

Date: Purchased by Bream in 1959

Notes

  • Guitar used for the recording of the album Guitar Concertos, recorded in September 1959.




Guitar: Hermann Hauser II, Germany. SP/CSAR (1957)
Date: Purchased by Bream in 1959
Notes:

  • Used from 1959 to 1963
  • Guitar used for the recording and album cover of  The Art of Julian Bream, recorded in October and November 1959.
  • Sold to Robert Spencer, currently owned by Russell Cleveland (Dallas, USA)




Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany. (1947)
Date: Purchased by Bream in 1956
Notes:

  • Guitar used for the recording A Bach Recital for the Guitar recorded in May 1956.




Guitar: Hector Quine, UK. No. 2 (1954)

Date acquired: 1954

Notes:

  • Guitar used for Bream's fourth Wigmore Hall performance on September 1954
  • Guitar used for the recording Spanish Guitar: Turina, de Falla, Sor, recorded in September 1955
  • Guitar used for the recording Guitar Music of Villa-Lobos and Tórroba, recorded in September 1955




Guitar: Hermann Hauser I, Germany. SP/CSAR (1928)
Date: Purchased by Bream on 1950
Notes
:

  • Used in early recitals from 1950 to 1955
  • Last restoration 1989
  • Sold on January 18, 1992
  • No known recordings with this guitar.




No specific information is known about the following guitars except for the builder.


Guitar: Matthias Dammann, Germany, cedar double top (sold)
Date Acquired:
Notes
-No known recordings with this guitar.




Guitar: Masaru Kohno, Japan, Model 50 (c.1960)

Date acquired:

Notes

-sold c.1990 auctioned through Sotheby

-No known recordings with this guitar.



Guitar: Santos Hernández

Date acquired:

Notes

-No known recordings with this guitar.



Webmasters notes:

Thank you to all that helped www.julianbreamguitar.com compile this significant amount of information. Thanks so much to Miles at Kent Guitar Classics and Guitar Salon International for all the useful information. Above all, I would like to give a special thanks to the guitar aficionados at the Delcamp Classical Guitar Forum. Some of those guys have been compiling and revising their Bream guitar list for decades. 


Guitar strings:

As of 1981, Julian Bream nearly always used Augustine Red label. 



Endnotes:

1- Julian Bream: My Life in Music