Luthier Miguel Garrido guitar maker
Luthier Miguel Garrido guitar maker

The Luthier

MIGUEL GARRIDO
Each guitarist has a soulmate in the form of a guitar. When both souls find the beauty created is indescribable

The guitar maker Miguel Garrido was born in 1959 in the working district of Villaverde in Madrid. It has cordobesas roots, since its mother was born in the city of Cordova and its father in Villanueva de Córdoba. His parents came to Madrid as many Andalusian families in the 50’s looking for a future to form a family.

Antonio, the father of Miguel and the precursor of the tradition, has been professionally dedicated to the carpentry trade, working the wood since the age of 9, in all its forms, becoming an incredible professional in this field. From a very young age he began to be interested in the world of guitars, first playing the instrument quite well and then, as it could not be otherwise and for the affinity with his work, for pleasure, building them.

He never professionally dedicated himself to making guitars for sale, but his great professionalism in the world of wood made him build some exquisite guitars.

The master Miguel helped and accompanied his father since he had reason, and afterwards and for many years helped him in many of his works, so his handling in the wood tools and in the work of the same has been since a very early age.

Miguel is a simple person, positive, determined, loving his family, while enthusiastic and curious. All this accompanied by a natural talent to fix all kinds of things.

But the two most important characteristics of Michael are a great sensitivity and a perseverance to say enough, to reach the ultimate end of things.

This personality and his love for wood, along with his natural talent in the face of challenges, have led him to the deepest secrets of guitar sound. Those who know you in person know what we are talking about.

Belonging to a working class family in the 60s and 70s along with scarce family resources, marked the educational life of Miguel.

He was a bright, nonconformist boy … and we call them difficult. He went to school as an extreme obligation because he did not motivate him, what he was told, nor the methods, nor the authoritarian teachers he had. Whenever he could, he made “steers”. He was a free soul in those days.

In his family, the education was in the old fashioned way, from the alpargata “pa up”, espadrille “pa down” of his beloved grandmother Isabel. Many of his neighborhood acquaintances got lost in the way of alcohol and drugs, but Miguel, perhaps fortunately, perhaps because of his way of embracing life, went ahead without finishing his studies, and went to work at the young age of 14 years.

We can say, without the slightest hint of doubt, that his education and his life have shaped the street and hard work.

Miguel is a very prolific person. We can say that his professionalism has led him in many different ways, in which he has always stood out. He has always helped his father and has worked an average of 14 hours a day for most of his life, for others at the same time as for himself.

He has also undertaken on many occasions and projects of all kinds, sometimes with success and others with failures. The latter have always served to make him stronger and determined, if possible.

In the world of guitar, he began in 1999 helping his father. It was an activity that motivated him very much for the secrets and challenges that he entailed, as well as his passion for music, dancing, and playing the instrument. His first complete guitar finished it in 2007. Since then he has been perfecting his technique until today, discovering to us all instruments with a soul and a life of his own.

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by Miguel Garrido

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