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Book Review: The Granada School of Guitar Makers

The Granada School of Guitar Makers
Andalusian guitar-makers have played a fundamental role in the configuration of what we call today the "spanish guitar". Andalusia is not the only piece of the puzzle but without the pioneering work of makers like Francisco Sanguino (Sevilla in the 18th century), the Pagés dynasty (18th and 19th) or José Pernas (Granada in the 19th century) - just to mention a few of the better-known ones - we would not understand the decisive contributions made by Antonio de Torres from Almeria.
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Classical guitar luthier: Amalia Ramírez from José Ramírez (Spain)

Classical guitar luthier: José Ramírez (Spain)
Actually, our history is too old and long to summarise here. Our workshop is the oldest in terms of Spanish guitars, handed down from from parents to sons. The founder was my great-grandfather, José Ramírez I, who learned this business when he was 12 in 1870. However, the latest research shows that there is a possibility that his father, who was a member of a woodworkers' trade union, as well as all the other guitar makers of that period...
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Classical guitar luthier: Nicolás García from Guitarras García (Spain)

Classical guitar luthier: Nicolás García from Guitarras García (Spain)
I started as an apprentice in the Workshops of my father, renowned luthier Joaquin Garcia, at the age of fifteen. At first I worked with timbers of low quality until I learned to use the tools, to make the correct angles and the precise thicknesses; then I started the construction of my first instrument at 16 years of age...
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Classical guitar luthier: Elias Bonet Monné (Spain)

Classical guitar luthier: Elias Bonet Monné (Spain)
Everything began when I needed a luthier to fix problems of intonation of the guitar I was studying with. This destiny took me to the workshop of Yagüe brothers. Mr Raúl Yagüe accepted my request and the guitar was left perfect. Eventually, we became good friends and one day I ordered a Yagüe guitar. I was wondering if he would accept my commission, but to my great surprise...
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Classical guitar luthier: Bernd Martin (Spain)

Classical guitar luthier: Bernd Martin (Spain)
I had always been enchanted by Granada. I arrived in the city in 1976 thus. I started to learn to play the piano at an early age. The passion for Spain and its culture led me to the guitar and I decided to try my luck at it. I made my first guitar at the workshop of José López Bellido, the patriarch Eduardo Ferrer's son-in-law. After completing my apprenticeship, I started my own business...
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