Joe designs all of the guitars, builds all of the Heritage Series instruments, and oversees the Quality Control process of the Standard/Select/Select Custom Series instruments. He also designs & develops all of the Balaguer Pickups/Pedals, and oversees Artist Relations.
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 and social media.
Madison handles the day-to-day marketing & social media aspects of the business. When he’s not helping push the brand forward, he’s playing guitar in his band Rival Colors and his solo project Kosatka.
Pat handles the Quality Control process of every guitar that comes through our shop. Every instrument goes through a 46-point checklist which he has to sign off on before the guitar/bass leaves the shop! He’s also in a killer metal band called Counterfeit Culture.
Meet our TEAM
Our Select Series & Select-Custom Series are built in South Korea by these wonderful people!
John runs the South Korean shop and handles business expansion overseas. He is instrumental in making sure our Select-Custom Series retains our high-quality standards.
R&D MANAGER/LEAD LUTHIER
Chris is the head luthier in the South Korean shop and also handles R&D when we are prototyping new models or changing aspects of current models. His attention to detail is awesome and is a crucial part of the BG team!
Andy handles logistics and business operations overseas. He ensures your guitar gets to our shop in Pennsylvania safely and in a timely manner.
“Where Modern Design Meets Vintage Inspiration.”
Our goal at Balaguer Guitars is to build instruments that translate your creativity in the truest way. We want to offer you the instrument of your dreams, but at an affordable price. In order to achieve this we’ve partnered with some of the best production facilities worldwide.
The Standard Series are built in China to our exact specifications at a factory that maintains ethical and fair labor practices. Our Select Series come with premium specs and are handcrafted in South Korea by a small shop of trained luthiers, only 7 people to be exact. These luthiers all have over 15-30 years of experience. This factory has been building guitars since 1985, and we chose to partner with them because their quality is top notch. Our Select Custom Series guitars are built by 3 people within a custom shop in South Korea. We are able to retain our high standards of quality and tone because we have partnered with shops/factories that share the same mindset.
We also offer our limited Heritage Series Instruments which are machined/built, painted, and assembled in the United States from start to finish. These builds are spec’d out and built one at a time by Joe Balaguer, and are then available for sale once the build is completed. They are signed with a unique serial number and are one of a kind. These instruments are meticulously crafted to represent the apex of what we can do.
Our approach to guitar design is quite simple. We love traditional designs, but feel they lack in certain areas. Areas that pertain to comfort, tone, and construction. So in our designs you’ll see a deep treble horn inner carve, or a more sleek heel joint versus a block plate, and higher quality components that you normally wouldn’t see on guitars in a similar price range.
Come see where modern design meets vintage inspiration.
Our boutique series of instruments are made in the USA, with specs chosen and built by Joe Balaguer, using hand-picked private stock woods in limited quantities per year.
Do you offer Artist Endorsements/Discounts?
Yes we do! We are always looking for bands/artists to collaborate with.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with a press kit, label information, and management information if you are interested in working with us.
Meet our ambassadors
Our Brand Ambassadors are here to help with your builds, spread the word about Balaguer Guitars, and push the brand forward!
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.
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 is a great person to discuss wood types, pickup options, and other build specs.
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!
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 mainly plays 7-string guitars, so he’s a great person to bounce spec ideas off of if you’re looking to order a Balaguer 7! Beyond the extended range guitar realm, Jon is also very knowledgeable when it comes to how each model feels.