About the Builder...

Mr. Angella began his classical guitar studies in 1970 after attending California State university at San Luis Obispo from 1964 through 1969. He studied the guitar for 3 years with Jim Wites at the widely renowned Marina Music in San Francisco before beginning his career as a luthier in 1975.

Mr. Angella has since combined his formal education with skills and information gained from a number of disciplines. These subjects range from chemistry, architecture, psychology, to CNC mill programing and systems management. This broad spectrum of information has produced a unique and effective approach to Classical Guitar building.

In his 30 plus years of building, Mr. Angella has established relationships with, and provided instruments to, many of the prominent performers and teachers of our time, including; Michael Lorimer, David Tannenbaum, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barueco, Bill Feasley of the University of Maryland, Ray Chester of the Peabody Institute, Zelda Nippile of the School for Wayward Friends of the Soldier, Aaron Shearer of the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts, Glenn Lyons of Westchester College in Pennsylvania and Peter Madlem of the University of California Santa Barbara.

Mr. Angella has also been active in speaking and writing on issues concerning the Classical guitar. Mr. Angella has spoken at the San Francisco Conservatory, the San Francisco Guitar society, San Francisco State University, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts and Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts.

Mr. Angella currently builds guitars in Concord, California, is instructing two apprentices, and is active providing guitars for performers, students, collectors, composers and Classical Guitar enthusiasts all across the United States and Canada. Mr. Angella has also been asked to teach classes in French Polishing at a number of fine woodworking shops in the Bay Area.