Guitar design by Juan Orozco

ARTESANO concert guitars trace their origins to the guitar-making skills of Spaniard Juan Orozco. As a third-generation master of his guild, he not only developed valuable construction ideas to improve the sound of his instruments, but he also demonstrated a knack for the visual design of these pieces. Thus, over the decades that he offered his various guitar models, Orozco created several highly distinctive design features. Some of these can still be found on the current ARTESANOs.

As inspiration for the current generation of ARTESANO concert guitars, Juan Orozcos resurrected   his most famous models from the 1980s. These guitars, which became known by the simple model numbers 8, 10 and 15, were distinguished by three design features in particular, in addition to their excellent playing and sound qualities:

  • A novel pattern in the rosette around the soundhole, also called the soundhole mosaic inlay
  • The trapezoidal tapered center section of the bridge, which on conventional classical guitars is simply rectangular
  • The "Diamond" head profile, i.e. the center of the guitar head in the shape of a stylized diamond

These three design features can be found on all ARTESANO guitars of the current generation. They visually express what each ARTESANO carries within itself: The long experience and tradition of a third-generation master guitar maker.


Detail pictures of today's Artesano models