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Santiago Canals & Cecilia Sáenz

  • Santiago de Cecilia
  • Guitar maker
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Santiago Canals & Cecilia Sáenz Guitar maker
Spanish, English
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
+34 679137077
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Building for sound

  • • Cecilia and Santiago have been making guitars for more than 20 years
  • • Both of them are also musicians
  • • They craft to achieve beautiful sound

Santiago Canals and Cecilia Sáenz finished their training as luthiers in Barcelona in the workshops of Raúl Yagüe Diez and the master Juan Antonio Reyes Torres. Santiago had previously trained in the workshop of luthier Rios in Mar del Plata, Argentina, where he made his first three guitars. Since 2003 Cecilia and Santiago run the workshop Santiago de Cecilia, located in Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, where they are dedicated to building classical and flamenco concert guitars. "Our work is a way of life. The guitar is present and forms part of us, of our family. Working in the workshop is as precious to us as listening to music, as passionately studying something that interests us. For us, it means learning constantly because with each guitar we manage to decipher some of our doubts and, in this way, we learn and evolve," says Santiago.

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Performance Guitar

The Performance Guitar is an instrument designed to perform and develop music that requires comfort in the upper part of the neck, allowing the guitarist to perform easily in this register. Generally, the musicians who choose this model are involved in music where the guitar has a solo performance, such as jazz or contemporary music.

Photo: ©Cecilia Sáenz
Study Guitar

The Study Guitar has the same construction as a concert guitar, but the materials are of standard qualities to make it accessible to a guitar student who wants to experiment with an artisan guitar at an affordable price.

Photo: ©Cecilia Sáenz
Special Concert Guitar

The Special Concert Guitar is a model where the materials and tuning machines are of high quality. The guitar is built with double sides, making for an instrument with a lot of projection. This withered guitar always has a remarkable sound warmth. All its parts are made with natural materials.

Photo: ©Cecilia Sáenz
Traditional Concert Guitar

The Traditional Concert Guitar is a model that delivers a sweet sound consistent with the sound of classical guitars obtained by the most renowned guitar making masters of the Spanish school.

Photo: ©Cecilia Sáenz
Flamenco Concert Guitar

The Flamenco Concert Guitar is an instrument with the same search as the traditional model, but adapting the construction to give it the special touch that a flamenco guitar needs, obtaining the brightness that all flamenco seeks in an instrument and, above all, demanding the guitar to the maximum so that its execution is light and agile.

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