Tradition

I have great respect for the work my father and grand-father and great-uncle put in and the art that was taught and passed down to me. I am guided and influenced by their memory and hope to some day leave a similar legacy.


I started working in my fathers shop at a young age doing repairs. By the age of twelve I built my first instrument, a Requinto Romantico which I still own and play to this day.


The methods my father and grandfather used to build is how I still build today.


Keeping true to the style and integrity of hand-made instruments is my intention.


My oldest daughter Ava began helping me in the shop at the age of 4. We are so proud that in 2018, at the age of 10, she finished building her first instrument – a mandolin. She broke my record by 2 years and is extending our passion and luthier tradition into its 4th generation. Her work was featured at the Tennessee Arts Commission as part of the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

 

I decided to return to the guitar at age 56 after recovering from a heart transplant. I wanted a single instrument that would last a life time. What I received from Manuel was a work of art that has a beautiful voice and a soul as well.

William A. Biermann (Pennsylvania) Classical Guitar-"Marta" model

I have played with lots of different guitars and grew up in a family of Greek musicians. The one thing I noticed immediately with Delgado guitars is that It had an authentic spirit. I got excited again for the first time in years to hold and play a guitar. The love put into the instruments built gives me the feeling that it has a heartbeat of It’s own. I look forward to writing my songs through it.

Steven Delopoulos of "Burlap to Cashmere" recording artist, singer/songwriter, guitarist.(New Jersey)

I don’t know what I love the most about Delgado guitars, the way they look or the way they sound. I did a gig the other week at a club playing I had five separate people come up to me while I was still on stage and ask me what kind of a bass I was playing. They all complemented on the sound but I can guarantee you they all noticed the instrument as soon as they walked in the door. Three of them were guitarists, one was a bassist, and the fifth one was a drummer! Manuel has an unlimited amount of knowledge and attention to detail that is rare to find in anyone, regardless of what business you might be in. Delgado guitars not only look and sound great, they are inspiring each and every time you pick one up. It doesn’t get any better if each time you pick up your instrument, you are inspired to play or create.

Ron Gomez (Nashville)"Delgado Bass" model
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