Candelas Guitars & Delgardo Guitars Candelas Website & Delgardo Website

Candelas Concert Ukulele
Candelas Concert
Delgardo Tenor Ukulele
Delgardo Tenor
When you look at either website the history of the company starts with Porfirio Delgado Flores and his brother Candelario Delgado Flores, (known as Candelas), starting a luthery firm in Mexico in 1928, then moving to El Paso and finally in 1948 to Los Angeles where amongst other things they made Ukuleles for the Schireson Brothers. In 1955, Porfirio’s son, Candelario joined the business and in 1990 Candelario's eldest son Tomas joined the business with, at some time after this, (probably 1997?) the younger son Manuel also learning luthiery here too

After this the history lesson on both websites stop and we jump to the present day. Candelas Guitars is still in Los Angeles and is run by Tomas Delgardo. Delgardo Guitars is in Nashville and is run by Manuel Delgardo. They both specialise in Guitars but make other chordophones too, including all of the Mexican Folk Chordophones and Ukuleles. Candelas only makes Soprano, Concert and Tenor, Delgardo makes Baritones too, though Candelas does make a Venezuelan Cuatro so could easily make Baritones should one be wanted. I believe the company was originally Candelas but its not obvious and reading between the lines it appears the current brothers are not the best of friends?

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