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Pimentel guitar makers give lecture-demonstration

The Pimentel brothers guitar makers are, top, Robert, left, and Rick and bottom, Victor, left, and the late Augustin.

The Pimentel brothers guitar makers are, top, Robert, left, and Rick and bottom, Victor, left, and the late Augustin.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two members of Albuquerque’s Pimentel family will give a lecture-demonstration about what the family has been doing so famously for 64 years – crafting guitars.

“We’ll talk about the history of the guitar within our company that my father Lorenzo Pimentel started in 1951 with the help of my mother, Josefina,” said Rick Pimentel, president of Pimentel Guitars.

Brothers Rick and Robert Pimentel will make the presentation Saturday in Corrales.

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“We’ll talk about what we’re doing today … about the growth of the company and the members of the company – the guitar makers and the musicians as well,” Rick Pimentel said.

He specializes in acoustic steel-string guitars. Brother Robert, the vice president of the family business, specializes in acoustic nylon-string classical guitars.

Brother Victor Pimentel focuses mostly on mandolins and ukuleles and some guitars.

“(Brothers) Gustavo and Hector are the guitar performers in the family,” Rick Pimentel said. “But they are part of Pimentel Guitars company. What they do is teach, perform and entertain. They give concerts around the country.”

The Pimentel company crafted a one-of-a-kind guitar for the Albuquerque Museum. It will be on display in the museum’s soon-to-open “Only in Albuquerque” history exhibit.

That guitar is part museum commission and part Pimentel family gift. Rick Pimentel said the guitar is an excellent example of the company’s design innovations.

“We came out with a dreamcatcher design in the sound hole area and there are a couple of stylized F holes on the body,” he said.

Robert Pimentel said there are shell inlays around the sound box, the fretboard has a Zia symbol, and around that symbol there’s the outline of the state of New Mexico in mother of pearl with the letters “ABQ” in the middle.

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“The head stock has the Rio Grande flowing through it and a hot-air balloon above it,” he said.

“This is very unique,” Rick Pimentel added. “There is nothing in the world like this guitar.”

He, with brothers Robert and Victor, collaborated on the design of the guitar.

“We made it in memory of my brother Agustin and my father,” Rick Pimentel said.

The Pimentels’ presentation – called “The Sound of Innovation” – is part of the Second Saturday program of the Historic Casa San Ysidro: The Guiterrez/Minge House.

The Casa San Ysidro is open for free self-guided tours from 1-2 p.m. and from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. It is across Old Church Road from the historic church.


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