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Leo Buendia Guitars

Leo Buendia Guitars

I met Leo at the Healdsburg Guitar festival in 2013. I've since discussed his work with Ervin Somogyi and he come highly recommended. Leo says. My name is Leonardo Buendia. I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a city steeped in tango and folclore music. The evocative croon of Atahualpa Yupanqui and invigorating dissonance of Astor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango stirred me to shift my focus and become a musician.

My fingers, ears, and spirit were awakened when the guitar became a part of my life. I studied popular Argentine music in the Music Conservatory Leopoldo Marechal, while concurrently studying tango privately with Master Anibal Arias. When I decided to buy a high quality classical guitar, I paid visit to many of Buenos Aires’ guitar makers. Weeks later, still empty handed, I decided to build the elusive guitar myself.

I started my studies of guitar making with Master Luthier Ezequiel Moggia, a student of the renowned Luthier Francesco Ponzo. Later, I moved to California, where I am currently apprenticing to Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi. Parallel to this full-time training in the construction of acoustic guitars, I build my own guitars, drawing my inspiration from the responsiveness and visual style that characterize the world-renowned craftsmanship of my teacher.

  1. Buendia Modified Dreadnought - Swiss Spruce & Fiddleback Mahogany

    Buendia Modified Dreadnought - Swiss Spruce & Fiddleback Mahogany

    Out of stock
    Leo does it a gain! The last modified dreadnought I had from him sold very quickly. I am not expecting this beauty to be here for long. The workmanship is impeccable, take a look at the rosette and matching end graft and headstock inlay.

    The sound is equally outstanding. Many of Ervin Somogyi’s former apprentices make the mod D model and with very good reason, it has all the power and volume you can get from an acoustic guitar with immense headroom. The Swiss spruce a fiddle back mahogany in this very fine example give fantastic clarity. You get incredible depth and richness of tone with great balance with all the notes form the lowest to the highest having equal definition and projection. This is a stunning guitar.

    Soundboard, Moon Swiss Alpine spruce
    Back and sides, Highly figured Fiddle back Mahogany
    Lower bout 16”
    Scale Length, 25.25”
    End graft, custom matching rosette
    Neck, custom finished one piece Honduran mahogany
    Head-cap veneer, Fiddle back Mahogany with custom inlay matching rosette
    and end graft
    14th-fret to the body fingerboard
    Rosette, solid ring wood with black/white purfling
    Bridge, hand carved ebony
    Bridge pins, ebony with pearl dots
    Binding, ebony with Maple black/white purfling
    Top braces, Sitka spruce
    Back Braces, Honduran Mahogany
    Saddle, 2 1/4” string spacing compensated bone
    Nut, 1 3/4” width scalloped and compensated bone
    Back of Head-cap veneer, Ebony
    Tuning Machines, Schaller M6 in gold w/ebony buttons
    Fingerboard, ebony with ebony binding and white maple purfling
    Fret wire, medium Nickel-Silver 18%
    Fretboard Radius, 20”
    Case, Black exterior/Red interior custom carbon fiber Hoffee hardshell

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  2. Buendia Modified Dreadnought - Adirondack & Birdseye Maple

    Buendia Modified Dreadnought - Adirondack & Birdseye Maple

    Out of stock

    Truly awesome! Only a student of the legendary Ervin Somogyi could produce a guitar with such powerful and rich bass notes that is perfectly balanced and has even projection all the way to the highest note. The trebles have remarkable sustain and clarity. Every note is equally present and complex with fantastic colour. This is a phenomenal guitar!

    • Adirondack top
    • Birdseye maple back and sides
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25 ¼” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 ¼” string spacing at saddle
    • 16” lower bout
    • Honduran mahogany neck
    • Black/white purfling
    • Ebony bindings
    • Ebony headstock veneer
    • Ebony rear headstock veneer
    • Ebony backstrip
    • No position markers (with side dots)
    • Custom rosette
    • Ebony with ebony binding and ebony purfling fretboard
    • Carved ebony bridge
    • Gotoh 510 stealth tuners
    • Black tuner buttons
    • Scalloped and compensated bone nut and bone saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • Custom black Hoffee case

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