My name is Chuck Baleno, and I’m the builder of all the instruments shown on these pages. I was born into a second-generation family of builders of residential homes and light commercial buildings. My daily childhood exposure to craftsmen and craftsmanship fostered in me a natural desire to create and build things. As a result, I developed carpentry and mechanical skills at a very young age. At 13, I took an interest in the guitar, inspired by the likes of Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, and many others on TV variety shows of the 1960’s. I started guitar lessons and loved learning to play. My guitar studies were interrupted, however, while I pursued and obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In addition, I started a family of my own and a residential home building business with my two brothers.
Eventually, I resumed playing the guitar with the same enthusiasm as in my youth. I naturally worked on and adjusted my guitars as necessary and dreamed of purchasing a high-end acoustic guitar. Then I came upon a book called Guitarmaking, by Cumpiano and Natelson, after which I began reading and studying lutherie in earnest. In due course, I built my first high-end vintage-style acoustic guitar, and Baleno Instruments was born!
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