Thomas E. Beltran
fortunate to have had several great classical guitar
Thomas Beltran currently
builds guitars in his shop in Northridge, California.
Beltran first became interested in the guitar in the early
1960s. Ten years later, he was doing small repair jobs,
and by 1976, he started his first guitar. First, he
learned the fundamentals from
Paul Estensen, a guitar
builder in Fargo, North Dakota. Later, Mr. Beltran opened
a small shop in Grand Forks, N.D. In 1981, he met
Mattingly at a Guild of American Luthiers convention in
Estes Park, CO. Over a period of years, he studied
Maestro Mattingly in his shop in Long
Beach, CA. In the summer of 1983, Mr. Beltran studied
Maestro Richard Schneider in Kalamazoo, Michigan.