The prestigious annual MIA (Music Industries Association) Music Awards took place at London's Emirates Stadium on 22 November, with leading musical products and MI groups vying for top prizes.
The winner of the Best Classical Guitar award – sponsored by Classic fm – was the Santos Martinez Raymond Burley SM2000RB signature model by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd., which beat off the competition to take the gong.
The first ever Santos Martinez signature model, the SM2000RB (£599 UK RRP) has achieved ace reviews from the press, as well as a top response from the players around the world – who voted for the guitar in their droves at the Classic fm public voting stage.
Based on a guitar hand-built for Raymond by respected luthier Martin Fleeson in 1985, the SM2000RB's winning features include a solid spruce top, solid Indonesian rosewood back and sides, a red cedar neck with Spanish heel joint, ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge, and a bone nut and saddle.?The guitar also comes with its own Kinsman Raymond Burley signature hardshell carry case.
Speaking of the win, Raymond said: “I am absolutely delighted that my signature guitar won the MIA Award. It was up against stiff competition in its category alongside some of the major names in the market, but from its inception the quality of the craftsmanship, coupled with the dedication of the JHS team in producing and promoting the guitar, has continued to confirm what I have believed all along: that the guitar is a winner. I am honoured to be associated with such a fine instrument.”
The MIA Music Awards have become a major celebration for the whole music products industry, honouring the best-selling and most reliable and innovative products and retail initiatives in the UK and celebrating the top individuals and organisations within the musical instrument industry.
The awards ceremony was supported by media partners like Classic fm, Future Publishing and MI Pro, and featured 25 categories in total celebrating and rewarding success in every sector of the industry.
The Santos Martinez range of classic and electro-classic guitars is distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website.
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