Teodoro Perez 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 Andres 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.
The "Maestro" model falls in the middle of the Perez line, and is made with top-quality materials all around, this particular guitar features a set of beautiful and dramatic pau ferro (also known as "Ironwood") for the back and sides which is a very hard and reflective wood, adding additional focus and projection to the sound that is still quite dynamic and expressive - which complements the warm fullness of the cedar top. Like every guitar we have seen from Perez, the set-up is superb and the attention to detail is impeccable. This is a gorgeous guitar with plenty of power and refinement, and a great choice for concert performance.