Luthier

Buendia Guitars

Luthier
Leonardo Buendia
Location
Berkeley, California

With the perspective and experience of a performing musician, Leo began his career as a luthier in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an apprentice of master luthier Ervin Somogyi, he spent years honing his skills as a passionate cognoscente of the precise cultivation of sound.

Upon founding Buendia Guitars, Leo discovered high demand for his work. Each instrument he creates is truly unique - a remarkable, bespoke guitar handcrafted to meet the specifications of an exclusive clientele. Buendia Guitars exhibit distinct and desirable characteristics, including the rich, resonant depth of sound and dynamic response prized by professional musicians and aficionados worldwide.

“Each guitar I make is as unique as it’s player - that’s what lends significance to my work.”

“I find great joy in the details - in the quality and richness of the wood, and the creation of incredible sound - but working with people makes this my true calling. I am a perfectionist who values connectivity and conversation, and I love exploring with my clients, discovering their exact wants or needs. Each guitar I make is as unique as it’s player - that’s what lends significance to my work.” 

While the lineage of his teacher is apparent in each of Leo’s guitars, his goal is to maintain a beginner’s mind - creating a work of art unique to each client. Known for his passion for remarkable tone and attention to detail, Leo has drawn attention from prestigious players and collectors around the globe.

I am careful to choose representatives who handle both their fine instruments and their clients with the utmost care. I am grateful that TNAG shares my passion and dedication to maintaining the highest standards of quality, attention, and professionalism, as my client relationships are incredibly important to me.

Leo Buendia

The Guitars

Leo currently offers 5 models, find out more below.

Models

The Jumbo

The Buendia Jumbo is a favorite body size of many artists who love a bigger, bassier sound, enveloping tone. It is an incredibly versatile guitar that is perfect or the singer-songwriter, as well as a solo concert instrument.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Body length
20 1/2″
Upper bout
11 1/2″
Waist
9 1/4″
Lower bout
16 1/4″
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Choice of best quality Sitka or Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides
Choice of Master Grade East Indian rosewood or Mahogany
Frets to body
12 or 14
Rosette
Custom wood design
Bridge
Hand-sculpted ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony with pearl or abalone dots
Binding
Ebony with black/white purfling
End Graft
Triangular style that matches binding
Backstrip
To Match Binding
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Nut
1 3/4", bone
Neck
Carbon-reinforced Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod
Lightweight double-action
Front of head-cap veneer
Choice of woods
Back of head-cap veneer
Ebony or choice of wood
Tuning machines
Gotoh 510 Series Stealth in aged gold with black buttons
Fingerboard
Ebony with Ebony binding and maple purfling
Fretwire
Medium 18% nickel/silver
Position Markers
MOP dots
Case
Hoffee Custom Hardshell
Finish
Nitrocellulose laquer
Strings
John Pearse Medium-Light
Scale Length
25.25"
Leo's notes

With a slope-shouldered and narrow-waist, Jumbo’s feature a lot of body behind the strings, which gives these guitars a nice boost on the bottom end and a big, round tone. A Jumbo can project as strongly as a dreadnought and still have the warmth and balance of a concert acoustic...

MD

The Mod-D (Modified Dreadnought) design is a large-bodied instrument with a dreadnought-esq. profile, however, the waist is a bit tighter than a traditional dreadnought and more similar to that of a classical guitar. This innovative model remains a mainstay of artists who require acoustic volume without compromising the quality of higher frequencies.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Body length
20 1/2″
Upper bout
12″
Waist
10 1/2″
Lower bout
16″
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Choice of best quality Sitka or Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides
Choice of Master Grade East Indian rosewood or Mahogany
Frets to body
12 or 14
Rosette
Custom wood design
Bridge
Hand-sculpted ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony with pearl or abalone dots
Binding
Ebony with black/white purfling
End Graft
Triangular style that matches binding
Backstrip
To Match Binding
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Nut
1 3/4", bone
Neck
Carbon-reinforced Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod
Lightweight double-action
Front of head-cap veneer
Choice of woods
Back of head-cap veneer
Ebony or choice of wood
Tuning machines
Gotoh 510 Series Stealth in aged gold with black buttons
Fingerboard
Ebony with Ebony binding and maple purfling
Fretwire
Medium 18% nickel/silver
Position Markers
MOP dots
Case
Hoffee Custom Hardshell
Finish
Nitrocellulose laquer
Strings
John Pearse Medium-Light
Scale Length
25.25"

00

The OO model is a powerful small-bodied guitar that delivers an exceptional balance with a complex tone and remarkable projection. Its warm and intimate voice encourage players to explore expressive fields, and it is surprisingly voluminous considering its smaller size. It provides a very comfortable playing experience, and different fret-to-body configurations are offered at request.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Body length
19 3/4″
Upper bout
10 1/2″
Waist
8 3/4″
Lower bout
14 1/2″
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Choice of best quality Sitka or Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides
Choice of Master Grade East Indian rosewood or Mahogany
Frets to body
12 or 14
Rosette
Custom wood design
Bridge
Hand-sculpted ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony with pearl or abalone dots
Binding
Ebony with black/white purfling
End Graft
Triangular style that matches binding
Backstrip
To Match Binding
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Nut
1 3/4", bone
Neck
Carbon-reinforced Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod
Lightweight double-action
Front of head-cap veneer
Choice of woods
Back of head-cap veneer
Ebony or choice of wood
Tuning machines
Gotoh 510 Series Stealth in aged gold with black buttons
Fingerboard
Ebony with Ebony binding and maple purfling
Fretwire
Medium 18% nickel/silver
Position Markers
MOP dots
Case
Hoffee Custom Hardshell
Finish
Nitrocellulose laquer
Strings
John Pearse Medium-Light
Scale Length
25

OM

Leo's OM is a modern-inspired design that includes wooden body binding and top purfling, a delicate rosette, ebony fingerboard with purfling line outline, scalloped X-bracing, a bone nut and saddle, and exquisite fingerboard position markers.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Body length
19 5/8″
Upper bout
11 1/2″
Waist
9 3/4″
Lower bout
15 3/4″
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Choice of best quality Sitka or Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides
Choice of Master Grade East Indian rosewood or Mahogany
Frets to body
12 or 14
Rosette
Custom wood design
Bridge
Hand-sculpted ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony with pearl or abalone dots
Binding
Ebony with black/white purfling
End Graft
Triangular style that matches binding
Backstrip
To Match Binding
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Nut
1 3/4", bone
Neck
Carbon-reinforced Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod
Lightweight double-action
Front of head-cap veneer
Choice of woods
Back of head-cap veneer
Ebony or choice of wood
Tuning machines
Gotoh 510 Series Stealth in aged gold with black buttons
Fingerboard
Ebony with Ebony binding and maple purfling
Fretwire
Medium 18% nickel/silver
Position Markers
MOP dots
Case
Hoffee Custom Hardshell
Finish
Nitrocellulose laquer
Strings
John Pearse Medium-Light
Scale Length
25"

The Classical

Leo's classical guitar is able to deliver a superbly warm spectrum of tones. The dynamic range and the colour palette are wide and very easy to control, with a clear voice that is extraordinarily powerful with lots of sparkle and balanced with excellent separation, as you would expect in a quality Cedar guitar.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Body length
19 1/4″
Upper bout
10 1/4″
Waist
9″
Lower bout
14 1/2″
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Choice of best quality Sitka or Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides
Choice of Master Grade East Indian rosewood or Mahogany
Frets to body
12 or 14
Rosette
Custom wood design
Bridge
Hand-sculpted ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony with pearl or abalone dots
Binding
Ebony with black/white purfling
End Graft
Triangular style that matches binding
Backstrip
To Match Binding
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Saddle 2 1/4", compensated bone
Nut
1 3/4", bone
Neck
Carbon-reinforced Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod
Lightweight double-action
Front of head-cap veneer
Choice of woods
Back of head-cap veneer
Ebony or choice of wood
Tuning machines
Gotoh 510 Series Stealth in aged gold with black buttons
Fingerboard
Ebony with Ebony binding and maple purfling
Fretwire
Medium 18% nickel/silver
Position Markers
MOP dots
Case
Hoffee Custom Hardshell
Finish
Nitrocellulose laquer
Strings
John Pearse Medium-Light
Scale Length
25.60"

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