Carlos Juan Busquiel
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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 lutherie 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 and features very exotic materials - "Bocote" wood for the back and sides, which as you cab see from the photos, is absolutely gorgeous with unique patterning and coloration in the grain. Bocote is a species of Cordia found most-typically in Central and South America and related to Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra), which is typically found in Mexico and Central and South America. It also happens to be a fantastic tone wood as this guitar attests - 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. Lightly braced with only 5 fans and thin bridge plate, it also has 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.
Photos taken during this guitar's construction.