I was born in Úbeda, a World Heritage city in the South of Spain, in 1981. I was ten when I attended my first flamenco show at school. Not long ago, my brother Javi and I found an old guitar. We fixed it as best as we could... only three strings left, but I tried to make music out of it as I saw in that flamenco show. Everything started right there.
I discovered the guitar being very young, but I started playing years later, and even studied classical guitar at the Conservatory of Ubeda. I wasn't born in family of artists, but all of them were key factors for me to realize about my love for music. Without thinking too much about it, my sorrounding environment along with my obssesive couriosity both set the foundations of something I wouldn't understand until much time later.
I became a Telematics Engineer and I worked for international companies for several years, although I didn't stop playing guitar never ever, as well as other instruments like bass and electric guitar. Anyway, I felt I was missing something. So I started diving deep down into the guitar world. I spent three years almost exclusively studying everything related with the instrument: the building process, organology, sound arquitecture, finishing, chemicals, botanics, phisycs of sound... at the same time I entered the CAD design to develop my own guitar, applying my aquired knowledge and all available technologies to make the molds, templates and neccesary jigs for guitar making. Finally I atteded a guitar making course with master D. Rafael López Porras to experience by myself building an instruments with my own hands. That course was a no return point in my life. It took me one additional year to complete the guitar I made in that course, and another two more years to get me ready for my first custom order, of course tailor made 😉
In 2012 I quit my job as an Engineer and establish my first workshop in Granada becoming a full time luthier. First orders start to arrive. In 2013 I move to Ubeda, my born place. In 2014 I am invited along with other 9 luthiers around the world to show my guitars in the I Altamira Guitar Expo in Shanghai (China). In 2015 I got the JAC Young Entrepreneur Award and the very same year, master Robert O'Brien selects me to present the Flamenco Guitar Making DVD in where I explain the whole process of making the instrument. In 2016 I am invited to the I Guitar Expo in Hong Kong. In 2017 I start a new line: guitar making courses and the response was phenomenal. People all around the world come to my workshop to make their guitars under my teaching. In 2018 I make a dream I had come true: the I Madinter Scholarship. Also in 2018, Robert O'Brien invites me to a new project: a Guitar Making Course at his workshop in Parker Co. USA. The course is so succesful that a second and third editions happen next year, in 2019. In that same time, I got the Arts & Music Award by Argentaria. In 2020 I finally make real a project I was working on: the first eco-friendly guitar making course, using exclusively sustainable woods and eco-friendly materials, again thanks to Madinter.
Since day one, my philosophy has remained the same: true custom made guitars, built as one-of-a-kind instrument, hand made one by one. And to achieve that, work as hard as needed, set in place as many technologies, materials, and artistic disciplines as required. From CAD design to art painting, from old traditional crafts to the latest CAM techniques like 3D printing, CO2 and Blue láser, CNC... Unique guitars, made for the player who will play them. During this time I had the honor to have my instruments ordered by classical and flamenco players from Spain, Portugal, Switzerland , Austria, China, Iran, Nepal and USA. I feel also very proud to share this beautiful craft with students from all places around the world, including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, United Kingdom, Croatia, Switzerland, United States of America and Australia.
I would like to thank you for these minutes you spent reading this lines and your interest about my work. To guitar lovers like you I am grateful and owe the privilege of making a living out of my passion... well, and also to a long list of masters who were a model, a helpful hand, and a source of inspiration in my very first steps. I will always honour them: Ana Espinosa, Renè Baarslag, José Manuel Fernández, Antonio Ariza, Juan La Bella, Julio Castaños, Julián Moraga, Francisco Delgado, Óscar Quero, Conchi Cabrera and Robbie O'Brien. And of course, with special love, to my brother Juan.
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