was born in the province of Soria, in Spain in 1952 but moved to Madrid while still very young. In 1966 he began apprenticing in the famed Jose Ramirez III workshop, where he built guitars, lutes, bandurias and mandolins. During these years, he had the great honor to meet some of the great maestros of the twentieth century, including Andrés Segovia, Narciso Yepes and several others. In 1970, after passing the appropriate tests, and with the approval of Jose Ramirez, he qualified as First Official, and stamped the guitars he made with his initials GPM. In 1991, Teodoro Perez teamed up with another fellow Ramirez veteran, Mariano Tezanos, and built guitars for many years under the name "Tezanos-Perez". Teodoro has recently entered the next phase of his career, building with his son, Sergio, who has been assisting him in his work since 1998. GSI is proud to be representing these guitars exclusively in the United States.
This is #7 of 10 guitar in a limited edition run, to commemorate 50 years of guitar making (1966-2016). Here is Teodoro Perez in his own words:
"I have spent many long days behind a workbench, selecting materials, cutting, sanding, inhaling the aroma given off by different woods that will eventually become sides, necks, bridges and soundboards. These in turn will become more than just a silhouette - by gluing and assembling each indispensable piece, decorating it, refining its shape, and attending to the final luster of its appearance. The ultimate goal is for each of my instruments to reach the hands of players who will produce the sounds that represent so many pleasant moments that each guitar has already given to me.
I do not come from a lineage of guitar makers. I was the first in my family to take up this artisan craft… Dedication, attention to detail, and precision are characteristics that must be embraced to be a guitar maker. I am also proud not to be the last guitar maker in my family, knowing that I leave a legacy through my children and my son-in-law. It is important for me to create a tradition that I hope will go on for many generations to come.
This year is a very special one for me and I wanted to build an instrument to commemorate a milestone – not a guitar that is "better" than any of the approximately 2,700 guitars that I have built in my professional career - but a model with a special character, something that will capture and represent my 50 years of experience. I’ve been working on this “50th Anniversary” model for a number of years now, playing with different designs both on the inside and out with adjustments to all the elements of a guitar including the bracing pattern, body depth, sonic qualities, appearance, etc. oftentimes rejecting ideas that initially emerged but developing others that had more promise. I enjoy investigating design changes and trying to achieve new sounds (which do not always come to fruition with all models) which for me is what makes this craft both challenging and rewarding. I hope that there will be many musicians who will love the "50th Anniversary" model. My aim during all of these years has been to work on giving the guitars maximum quality in all respects.
A guitar is a handcrafted object where all of the smallest details are cared for and I hope you will enjoy it."
Luthier Bio: Teodoro Perez
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