Carlos Juan Busquiel was born in 1980 and started playing the guitar at age 12, although his formal music studies at conservatory were done on the violin. His interest on luthery began when, self-taught, he embarked on the construction of an electric violin for personal use. It was a very simple instrument, but it helped him to enter the world of violin making. The next step was the construction of an acoustic violin, based on the "Kruse" of Stradivari. It was at this time that he had the good fortune to meet luthier Rafael López Porras, who formally introduced him in to art of guitar making. Rafael was his first teacher and impressed upon Carlos the passion for building guitars in the Spanish method. From that moment on, Carlos became committed exclusively to building guitars. He completed his training with none other than the great José Luis Romanillos in a course on the construction of a hand vihuela directed by Jaume Bosser and assisted by Joan Pellisa. Meeting Romanillos and listening to his advice was a decisive step for Carlos in developing his concept of the Spanish guitar, knowing its traditional construction features, based on the designs of Antonio de Torres. Later, José Luis Romanillos also gave advise to Carlos during the construction of a Torres replica. Carlos has had the good fortune to evaluate many different other master guitars from the likes of Vicente Arias, José and Manuel Ramírez, Santos Hernández, Enrique García, Francisco Simplicio and others, which has also been decisive in the development of his personal style. Carlos works in Petrer, a town located in Alicante, in the Spanish east, where he lives with his wife and two children.
This is a beautifully made guitar - indeed our second from this maker, whom we are very pleased to have met recently and been introduced to his guitars. The sound is just as solid as the build - it has a very compelling firmness in each note - the trebles are thick and weighty, as are the basses. Its fullness of sound still leaves ample room for a crystalline clarity across all registers. This is an instrument which lends itself beautifully to virtually any style of music from the Renaissance to the present. It is lightly braced with only 5 fans and a Bouchet-inspired "lateral" brace passing beneath the saddle-side of the bridge, notched to accommodate the 5 fan struts which terminate at an open harmonic bar to allow extra vibration to pass into the upper bout. This give it ample volume for the player seeking added power combined with a lush, traditional sound. We are very pleased to be offering this fine instrument by this very talented younger maker.