Teodoro Perez

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Teodoro Perez

Teodoro Perez

Teodoro Pérez: The Life and Craft of a Master Spanish Luthier


In the world of classical guitar making, few names resonate with as much respect and admiration as Teodoro Pérez. Born in 1952 in the Soria province of Spain, Pérez has dedicated his life to the art of lutherie, emerging as one of the most distinguished luthiers of his generation. His journey from a young apprentice in Madrid to a master craftsman is marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence, a deep passion for traditional Spanish guitar-making techniques, and an enduring influence on the world of classical music.

Early Life and Apprenticeship

Teodoro Pérez’s fascination with guitars began at a young age. Growing up in the picturesque province of Soria, he was surrounded by the rich musical heritage of Spain. This early exposure ignited a passion that would shape his future. In 1966, at the tender age of 14, Pérez moved to Madrid to pursue his dream of becoming a luthier. This bold move led him to the workshop of José Ramírez III, one of the most renowned guitar makers of the time.

Working under the tutelage of Ramírez was a transformative experience for Pérez. The Ramírez workshop was not just a place of work but a hub of artistic and technical excellence. Pérez absorbed the meticulous craftsmanship, the attention to detail, and the deep respect for traditional methods that were hallmarks of the Ramírez legacy. This apprenticeship provided him with a solid foundation, honing his skills and instilling in him the principles that would guide his career.

Establishing His Own Workshop

By 1991, after decades of refining his craft, Teodoro Pérez was ready to forge his own path. Establishing his workshop in Madrid, Pérez embarked on a journey that would see him create some of the most highly regarded classical guitars in the world. His workshop quickly gained a reputation for producing instruments of exceptional quality, attracting both professional musicians and avid collectors.

Pérez’s approach to guitar making is a blend of tradition and innovation. While he adheres to the time-honored techniques passed down through generations, he is also unafraid to experiment and innovate to meet the evolving needs of modern musicians. This balance of respect for the past and openness to the future is a defining characteristic of his work.

Craftsmanship and Philosophy

The hallmark of Teodoro Pérez’s guitars is their exceptional craftsmanship. Each instrument is a testament to his dedication to quality and his deep understanding of the nuances of sound production. Pérez insists on using only the finest woods, meticulously selecting each piece to ensure that every guitar he creates is not only visually stunning but also acoustically superior.

One of the standout models from Pérez’s workshop is the “Maestro” guitar. This model epitomizes his craftsmanship and attention to detail. The “Maestro” features a top made from exquisite red cedar, which contributes to its rich, warm sound. The body is crafted from Indian rosewood, known for its beautiful grain and tonal properties. The rosette, with its intricate green hues, adds a touch of elegance, while the carefully designed bridge and bindings highlight the guitar’s aesthetic appeal. The result is an instrument that is both a joy to play and a visual masterpiece.

Pérez’s guitars are celebrated for their powerful projection, roundness of tone, depth, and warmth—qualities that are deeply rooted in the Madrid style of guitar making. Each instrument is designed to provide a balanced and resonant sound, making it suitable for a wide range of musical styles and settings. The playability of his guitars is also exceptional, with comfortable necks and responsive right-hand action that allow for expressive and dynamic performances.

Legacy and Influence

Teodoro Pérez’s influence extends far beyond the walls of his workshop. Over the years, he has become a mentor and inspiration to many aspiring luthiers. His willingness to share his knowledge and insights has helped to nurture a new generation of guitar makers who carry forward the traditions of Spanish lutherie while also contributing their innovations.

The impact of Pérez’s work is evident in the high regard in which his guitars are held by musicians worldwide. His instruments are played by some of the most respected classical guitarists, who praise their tonal qualities, playability, and craftsmanship. Collectors, too, prize Pérez’s guitars for their beauty and the meticulous care with which they are made.

Pérez’s commitment to excellence and his passion for his craft have earned him numerous accolades and recognitions. His guitars are featured in prestigious music festivals, competitions, and concert halls around the world. Each instrument he creates is a testament to his artistry and his unwavering pursuit of perfection.


Teodoro Pérez stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of guitar making. His journey from a young apprentice in Madrid to a master luthier is a story of passion, dedication, and craftsmanship. Through his meticulous attention to detail and his deep understanding of traditional Spanish guitar-making techniques, Pérez has created instruments that are celebrated for their beauty, sound, and playability.

As Pérez continues to craft exceptional guitars, his legacy in the world of lutherie is assured. His influence on the next generation of guitar makers and his contributions to the art of guitar making will endure for many years to come. In the world of classical music, the name Teodoro Pérez will always be synonymous with quality, artistry, and excellence.

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Teodoro's team:

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

He was born in Madrid in 1980. From a very young age, he enjoyed watching his father, Teodoro Pérez, work at his home workbench, where his father would craft guitars from his collection during his free time. It brought him great pleasure to observe the intricate process of guitar making.

In 1998, he began working alongside his father, a period during which he started to uncover the secrets of guitar construction. Over the years, he has dedicated himself to both building guitars and commercial work. He has developed two of his own models: the Aranjuez model and the Segovia model.

Beatriz Perez

Beatriz Perez

She was born in 1978 in Madrid. In 2005, she began working in the administrative department and as an assistant to her father and brother.

Currently, she is involved in marquetry and guitar construction, in addition to handling the commercial aspects.

Marco A. Tejeda

Marco A. Tejeda

He was born in Madrid in 1977. Marco began collaborating with his father-in-law, Teodoro Pérez, in guitar construction, focusing on interior work and various components. His close involvement with the craft sparked a passion, and in 2009, he decided to join the workshop permanently to build handcrafted guitars. Currently, he has his own guitar models (La Latina and Chamberí) and is also responsible for the shellac varnishing of their instruments

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