Spain has many guitar makers producing some of the best Classical guitars.
Our travels around Spain, visiting luthiers, allowed Selina and I to experience the varied ideas makers have towards this wonderful instrument.
As musicians we have our own preferences for how a guitar should sing and perform just as each Spanish luthier has a preference towards a style of guitar construction.
In selecting the Spanish guitar makers for Stafford Guitar we looked for a family tradition and a history for success in the world of music, for innovation in design and most importantly a love for the instrument.
The Classical guitar is also known as the Spanish guitar and this is due in part to the many years of dedication this country's luthier's have given to the guitar.
Alhambra started as a small workshop making student guitars and now hase a range of classical and flamenco guitars to suit every need.
Madrid makers, Bernabe and Contreras, 2nd generation luthiers from families who each became World famous for designing wonderfully expressive and innovative concert guitars.
Carrillo with a history of guitar making dating back to the 19th century and an eye for that which is beautiful in the guitar.
Sanchez whose innovation in design has produced a style of guitar with a unique sound.
Alhambra was founded in 1965 from an original small guitar workshop located in the town of Muro De Alcoy.
From the beginning it was always the policy to combine the highest standard of craftsmanship with the latest technology to produce the finest quality instruments.View Maker
We lived on the upper floor of the workshop, and I had the luck that ever since I was very small I watched as my father worked with the wood, selecting it carefully and treating it with love and respect.View Maker
Born on July 31st, 1963 Vicente Carrillo has lived all his life among the guitar environment, being the fourth generation luthier in the Carrillo family. Ever since his Great-Grandfather, Blas Carrillo Alarcon (1836 - 1919) started working as an apprentice in Juan de Mata Alarcon Briones' shop.View Maker
Manuel Contreras II
Manuel Contreras, born in Madrid in 1928, entered the guitar making profession from the exalted position of being a much sought after cabinet maker.View Maker
In 1984 after many years of study Spanish Luthier Antonio Sánchez opened his own workshop in Valencia, Spain.View Maker