Biography

Pepe Romero Jr. was born into a family that lives the Spanish guitar.  From his childhood Pepe loved the guitar.  He grew up playing some of the world’s greatest guitars from the incredible collection of his father.  Growing up surrounded by guitars made by Torres, Esteso, Santos Hernandez, Hauser, and Miguel Rodriguez set the standard for how a guitar should be made.

At 18 years old Pepe went to the workshop of Dake Traphagen to build a guitar.  Upon completion of this guitar, Pepe decided to dedicate himself to being a builder.  In 1997, Pepe was lucky enough to spend time in the workshop of Miguel Rodriguez shortly before he passed away.  He moved on to study with and receive guidance from J.L. Romanillos, Manuel Contreras II, Yuris Zeltins and Edmund Blöchinger.  Pepe and Blöchinger have become great friends and have made 2 guitars together.

Pepe is heavily influenced by the Rodriguez guitars.  His style of building is very similar to Rodriguez.  He is also inspired by the elegant look and beautiful sound of the guitars by Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso.

As of autumn 2018, Pepe has made over 301 guitars.  Each one is hand crafted and built in the traditional spanish method.  His guitars are in great demand by concert guitarists and collectors worldwide.  He has a waiting list of about 3-4 years for new guitars.

Pepe dedicates all of his guitars to his grandfather, Celedonio Romero.

After a family vacation to Hawaii in 2010, Pepe fell in love with the beautiful sound of the ukulele. Pepe has since been building ukuleles using his classical guitar building approach and techniques, creating ukuleles which closely resemble little classical guitars. In 2012 Pepe Co-Founded Romero Creations,  his high end production instrument company which aims to offer incredible sounding, playing and looking instruments that people will treasure for a lifetime.

Contact Pepe at pepesguitar@hotmail.com or 858-342-7463.