Alejandro Quintero - Quintero Guitars

West Palm Beach, FL 33409, USA

Guitars have always been present in my life ever since I began to play at the age of 16 in my home town of Bogota, Colombia. In the late seventies it was very common to find a classical guitar in the homes  in Bogota, but the quality and characteristic were not best suited for the demands of the rising generation of professional concert players. This trend included my own home, we owned an old guitar bought by my father as a gift for my older brothers. That classical guitar was the first one I restored and the start of a hobby I would enjoy for the rest of my life.

Soon after, I became interested in classical guitar construction. My efforts began by investigating materials in my local library and then studying all the high end guitars I had access to. This process leads me to create my first instrument.

Currently the construction of one of my guitars is the product of about 150 hours of wood crafting and undetermined hours of varnish padding to achieve a good French polish finish. The process begins with materials that come from all around the world: Spruce from Germany and Yugoslavia, Western red cedar and Engelmann spruce from Canada, Sitka spruce and yellow cedar from Alaska, Rosewood from Madagascar, India, Africa Central and South America, Ebony from Africa, and, many others from different countries. The materials used for each guitar must be carefully selected for their acoustic attributes and beauty, and, maintained under a humidity controled environment for many years in my shop before they are used in the construction of an instrument.

Pieces of exotic and well selected lumber, carefully handcrafted for more than four months, bring to life unique special instruments with rounded mellow sound and individual character.

I take special care while selecting materials to be used in the construction of my instruments. Only exotic woods from around the world, with particular acoustic qualities, remarkable physical properties, and spectacular beauty will be carefully crafted for a period of four months to create a concert instrument. 

Engelmann spruce, Sitka spruce or Western red cedar comes from the eastern coast of Canada to make a standard tops in my guitars, European spruce could be used under special order. 

Widely selection of hardwood is offered for back and sides so you might select from: Indian Rosewood, Honduras Rosewood, Cypress, Bubinga, Mahogany, PadauK, and Zebra Wood.