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  • SANTA BARBARA ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT CELEBRATION 2017

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I am officially ready for SBAIC 2017. Stop by Booth A7 and say hello and see some of the finest luthiers from across the globe all in one location!

Also, on Saturday August 26th, Mark Lemaire will be performing my guitars on stage at 1:00pm .

August 25-27, 2017 – At the beachside Fess Parker Resort, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • THE SWANNANOA GATHERING 2017

Founded in 1991 by Warren Wilson College President Emeritus Douglas M. Orr, Jr., under the leadership of Director Jim Magill, The Swannanoa Gathering is an educational program of the college, consisting of a series of week-long workshops in various folk arts held in July and August on the campus of Warren Wilson College just east of Asheville in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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I’m look forward to visiting for the first time The Swannanoa Gathering. I’ll be displaying a couple guitars at “The Guitar Week”. One of them is my last creation, an OM cutaway featuring Swiss Alpine spruce top and African Blackwood back & sides. If you are attending the gathering stop by and say hello!

July 30-Aug 5, 2017. At the Warren Wilson College, North Carolina.


  • SOUND MESSE IN OSAKA 2017

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I look forward to visiting for the first time the fascinating city of Osaka in Japan next weekend. I’ll be displaying one of my last creations at Sound Messe Osaka, an OM cutaway featuring German spruce top and highly figured Brazilian Rosewood back & sides. If you are attending the show you also will be able to hear my instrument performed by the renowned Masaaki Kishibe from 3:00 to 3:20pm on Saturday April 15th. I will be located with some of the top luthiers in the world at the Boutique Guitar area, booth B10.

April 15-16, 2017. At ATC Hall. Osaka, Japan.

日本の皆様初めまして。こんにちは。アルゼンチン出身のルシアー、レオナルド・ブエンディアです。
私は来週末大阪で開催されるサウンドメッセ・大阪で新作のOMカッタウェイを展示する事になりました。
このギターはジャーマンスプルース・トップ、サイドバックにはフィギャードハカランダを使っています。
サウンド・メッセにいらっしゃる機会が有れば是非ご試奏頂ければと思います。
また、このギターは4月15日(土曜日)の午後3時~3時20分のスケジュールで岸部眞明さんの
ミニライブでもご使用頂く予定ですので合わせてこのギターの音色もご確認頂ける事と思います。
私のブースはブティックギターエリアにある世界のトップルシアーB10です。ご来場の節には
是非お立ち寄り・お声がけ下さい。お待ち致しております。


  • SANTA BARBARA ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT CELEBRATION 2016

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The First SBAIC is happening this fall. Save the dates and stop by this wonderful show with the finest instruments from all around the world.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 – Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

 

 


  • THE WOODSTOCK INVITATIONAL LUTHIERS SHOWCASE 2016

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I’ll be displaying my guitars again at the 8th Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.

Friday, October 21st, 2016 – Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.

 

 


  • MY APPRENTICESHIP IS OVER – Thanks to Ervin Somogyi

September 30th, 2015

From the beginning I knew that belonging to the family of Ervin Somogyi’s apprentices would mean being in the hands of one of the best guitar makers that the field can offer. The whole team made me feel at home, setting the stage for a gratifying and motivating experience.

The quality of apprenticeship that I received was exceptional. The high level of craftsmanship, experience, and wisdom found in Ervin’s shop allowed me to learn all aspects of the construction of such a complex instrument in a remarkably simple and fluid way. I attribute this to Ervin’s natural inclination toward teaching as well as a generous willingness to answer my questions and be available to help me whenever needs arose.

My apprenticeship gave me theoretic and practical experience in the aesthetic design and the sounding of guitars. In Ervin’s shop, theory and practice happen under the same roof, which helped me quickly gain confidence when it came time to customize my own instruments. One of the things that fascinated me the most from the beginning was the process of learning to voice a guitar. Because my background had been with playing and building classical guitars, in Ervin’s work I immediately recognized and appreciated a sound quality similar to that of my roots. I knew that I was in the right place.

One of the most nourishing parts of my apprenticeship was the exchange of knowledge and experience that occurred with my apprentice peers Gustav Fredell, Hiroshi Ogino, Julian Gaffney and Tom Sand. I will look back at these years with the love and fondness in my heart that I have for each of them. I have special respect and admiration for Chris Morimoto, who was with me in the shop from my first days to the last. I give profound thanks to the limitless generosity he showed me, and any success I have, I owe in part to Chris.

And of course, I give thanks to Ervin for giving me this opportunity to apprentice to him. At the close of these 3 years and three month, I begin to see how patiently he let me flounder, experiment, and grow. In his shop I found a home in the world that I will take with me wherever I go. There is no greater gift. My only hope is that I can honor him with every guitar I make.

Sincerely,
Leonardo Buendia


  • LUTHIERS HANDS MAGAZINE by Terence Tan

The first Luthiers Hands issue by Terence Tan is available. There is one of my latest 2014 guitars. Brazilian RW Back & Sides / Adirondack Soundboard.

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  • THE WOODSTOCK INVITATIONAL SHOWCASE LUTHIERS 2015

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I’m also very happy to be invited to exhibit at the Seventh Annual Woodstock Luthiers Showcase. A new wonderful opportunity to see, play and buy your dream guitar.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 – Sunday, October 25th, 2015.

 


  • MEMPHIS ACOUSTIC GUITAR FESTIVAL 2015

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I’m very excited to be part of this unique festival that is exhibiting some of the finest handmade string instruments in the world. Please save the dates and join me at my booth to try my guitars.

Friday, June 5th, 2015 – Sunday, June 7th, 2015.