Born in Argentina, Morel made a splash in the U.S. with a 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall. By the 1970s, he had built a reputation not only as a top classical performer and composer but also as a jazz guitarist. He met Chet Atkins, who helped secure a recording on RCA, and Morel gave Atkins his Velazquez guitar. After Atkins's death in 2001, his widow Leona Atkins returned the guitar to Morel, and she has provided a letter of documentation with this instrument.
In addition to its historical importance, this instrument (inv. #AC1843) has a superb sound. With its original hardshell case, it is offered at $20,000.