meet OUR team

JOE BALAGUER
CEO / FOUNDER / LUTHIER

Joe designs all of the guitars, builds all of the Heritage Series instruments, and oversees the Quality Control process of the Production & Semi-Custom series instruments.  He also designs & develops all of the Balaguer Pickups/Pedals, and handles Artist & Dealer Relations.

Mike Ciotti
SHOP ASSISTANT / ADMIN

If you’ve ordered or plan to order a guitar, then Mike is the man creating your spec sheets to keep track of the build and to ensure all specs are correct.  He also assists in the shop with logistics/shipping and assists with customer service.

SEAN KOLLA
SOCIAL MEDIA / CUSTOMER SERVICE

Our resident Canadian! Besides his love of maple syrup, Sean has a wide arrange of talent as an Industrial Arts Teacher, metal meets worship guitarist, and assists with Customer Service as well as our Social Media pages.

Meet our ambassadors

Our Brand Ambassadors are here to help with your builds, spread the word about Balaguer Guitars, and push the brand forward!

JAIME GOLD

You’ll find Jaime at trade shows and local shop events, but he also assists with occasional business collaborations. He helps with R&D on the ambassador team, and is our Dave Grohl/Keanu Reeves lookalike.

JOHN MENDOZA

John is the go-to guy for all things Purple.  Beyond his love for the color Purple, he’s a great player and is very knowledgeable of all things gear-related.  He’s very helpful if you ever have a question about wood choices, tremolo/bridge options, or just need someone to bounce ideas off of.

GREG SCHNEIDER

Greg is an idea man and will be the first ambassador to tell you to choose Wenge for the neck wood of your build.  He’s very knowledgeable and helps us push the brand forward with new/exciting ideas!

MATT CROFT

Having owned quite a few different models, Matt is a great point person to chat with concerning how each guitar feels and what to expect.  Like all our ambassadors, he knows his stuff and can point you/your build in the right direction if you have any questions/concerns.

JON VOKAL

Jon brings a great deal of business and marketing experience to the Ambassador Team, being a student of Entrepreneurship he helps with R&D and Marketing Strategies.  He’s also a great guy to talk specs with if you’re unsure of what pickups or specs would suit you best!