Like many guitar makers in Spain, Paco Rey also started out as a cabinet-maker and later became a guitarrero. We went to his workshop in the southwest of Spain, Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, where it used to be a cabinet-maker workshop, now years ago Paco transformed it into a beautiful and very functional guitar workshop where he spends hours every day making his prized guitars which are in great demand in Spain.
Paco Rey's guitar workshop in southwest spain.
As a child
I was very fond of the guitar and at the same time,
I was also fond of plastic arts.
And well, to the point that
as I got older,
I started studying cabinetmaking
And well, I started with the profession
I was growing separately both what is
the hobby of the guitar and the hobby of the..
well, cabinetmaking in the professional level
And after a few years, I wanted to learn
how to make guitars.
I contacted a person who was Rafael López Porras.
And he was the one who taught me
the traditional method of guitar making
-where is he from, Seville?
from Cádiz, this man is from Cádiz.
And then, from there on, well,
I started on the path of research
searching for the sound, playability
understanding how a guitar works
in relation to physics,
the tensions, the action, the sound,
how it then affects construction in general.
-what kind of sound are you looking for?
Well, highly responsive sound,
yes, traditional sound…
-Paco Rey -Rosette-
I have several models.
This is well, it’s the last one I’ve done.
And well, it’s based on a cloth.
my great-grandmother did in cross-stitch because, well,
many of the vintage rosettes are based on…
… are related to the
So, well then,
I took advantage of the fact that I had this cloth
from my great-grandmother
And I saw it nice
to use this same design.
– It’s this design, this design right here.
the same as the one on the rosette.
exactly, that’s the one I used.
-And that’s the year, the year your great-grandmother
It says here
-what a nice touch