Welcome to Delgado Guitars!

Manuel working on guitar side"I hear the title "Luthier" being used all the time by today's guitar makers, yet I wonder how many of them truly understand its meaning.

For me, it not only represents my life, but the sacrifices my grandfather and father made to preserve the craft. I build guitars because I breath, and as long as God blesses me with the ability to continue creating music, this is what I plan to do.  My faith in God and my appreciation of my father, grandfather, and great-uncle are what motivate me, the loved ones who are still with me are what inspire me, but the integrity of building truly handmade instruments to offer to those who have a love for music is what obligates me to my craft.

I am a Luthier.  I don't say that boasting or out of pride, but more out of respect.  Respect for those men who honored the craft before me and the few men and women that still honor it today."
  --Manuel A. Delgado

Does Your Guitar Have A Story?

For many, the story begins when you choose your instrument off the wall from a guitar store, but with Delgado Guitars, the story began in 1928 and the individual attention put into every instrument by Manuel A. Delgado, third generation luthier.

Manuel Delgado and his family have been building handmade guitars since 1928 for artists like Andrès Segovia, Los Lobos, Jose Feliciano, Charo, Arlo Guthrie and countless more. Choosing to keep the tradition alive, Manuel builds each instrument individually using the methods taught to him by his father and grandfather which have been proven to stand the test of time. Building with the best materials, Manuel refuses to put his name or his family's reputation to shame by putting "handmade" on a mass produced instrument or passing off another builders work as his own. A true luthier could not produce 40+ instruments in a year if they are the only ones building. Only an assembly line can produce these results, but the instrument lacks individual attention. This is why Manuel only builds 12-20 instruments a year and when you order a custom handmade "Delgado Guitar", you will also receive a DVD slide show of your instrument being built by Manuel. Take a moment and look through this site and please send a comment or introduce yourself to us. Find out what happens when the heart and soul are put into the art of building. You'll never own another guitar like it!

quote The Delgado tradition is deep and soulful. The stuff you can't buy if you had all the money in the world. A gift and a blessing.
 -- Louie Perez of Los Lobos