The production of a guitar maker is between 10 and 12 guitars a year. Usually less than one a month. Each instrument requires a minimum of 180 hours of labor by hand, beginning with the cutting of the wood and lasting through months of selection, sandpaper, assembly and a lot of patience.
Lutherie is a profession born of love for music and wood; the craftsman who builds a guitar transmits his humanity to matter, transforming it into an instrument capable of creating great emotions for those who use it. There is no quality comparison with factory guitars. Any professional musician needs a handmade guitar.
Granada is where the greatest number of guitar players of excellence are found, followers of a tradition that began with Eduardo Ferrer and which has been transmitted to this day.
Fifty hundred guitar artisans continue working between the city and its province – most defining themselves as guitar makers, a few daring to call themselves luthiers – some of them inheriting the work from father to son, other foreigners who have come to learn the trade and that they bring in their luggage the techniques of their country.
The modern guitar of Granada is a positive result of globalization that has maintained a strong respect for the past and, at the same time, has been modernizing and enriching itself from other cultures.
The Granada school, together with that of Madrid, is recognized as the best in the world. The deputy delegate for Culture, José Torrente, stated that “the best world stars interpreters of music want their guitars to be made in Granada due to the special weather conditions and the great professionalism of their artisans”.
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