I am Antônio de Pádua Gomide. Since I was a boy,
I remember being fascinated by the sounds of the musical instruments.
I come from a family of musicians and was early initiated in
the mysteries of the Divine Art by my mother who is a piano
the later 1980's, I started to get interested by the construction
of musical instruments. At the time, as guitar
instructor, I perceived that some pupils did not have motivation
enough to keep learning. Many even gave up the studies due to
the precariousness of the instruments. The fact was that their
guitars did not present satisfactory sound and were hard to be
making repairs in of some pupils’ instruments
I discovered a new and great universe. I started to perceive that each
guitar was different, as in the way let itself be played, as in its
shape, voice, timbre, volume, etc. Thus, just playing the instruments
wasn’t satisfying my curiosity anymore. That’s why I searched
for my first teachings in the Art of the Lutherie.
de Padua Gomide is fo me a name thats refer to work,
oassion and art. Someone who can move to a piece of wood, feeling
and emotion. His guitars "speak" more beautiful,
with a sound that comes from the soul. When I play on
a APG guitar for the first time I was totally fascinated
with the sound,
the finish and projection of sound. Immediately I contacted
Antonio to order my own. Also admire this luthier for
humility and flexibility in making changes to our needs. Congratulations
Antonio, music appreciates your commitment and your art! Nelson
Faria is composer, arranger and guitarist (www.nelsonfaria.com)...
this time I contacted the great luthier Roberto Gomes, asking
for instructions about how could I construct my own guitar. He
suggested me to make a course of restoration of musical instruments
in the school of lutherie of São João Del Rey,
Minas Gerais, at the Federal University of São João
Del Rey (old FUNREY). There I initiated myself in the beautiful
art of constructing stringed instruments. Very stimulated by
Roberto Gomes, we became great friends. He used to say that I
had a very good hand for lutherie. I humbly believed this, because
I have always worked with the hands craftsmanship and as musician.
I passed then to develop my first models.
the models developed for the great masters of world-wide lutherie
such as Jose Ramirez, Antonio de Torres, Miguel Rodrigues, Ignácio
Fleta, Hermann Hauser, Daniel Frederich, among others, I made
copies and developed my own models following the norms and principles
formulated by them. My objective was discovering the basic differences
between the works of the great masters so I could improve my
technique and develop instruments that were of high quality.
instruments with high quality and accessible price, I could not
only supply beginners, but also experienced musicians who already
know what they’re looking for, being able to choose specific
characteristics for its instrument: timbre, volume, tunings,
" The Antônio de
Pádua guitar joint the all features of a higth quality instrument:
selected woods with noble history, a dense and balanced sonority
that make the tocability very easy. Antônio achieve the mastering
in the ancestral art of the great masters!". Marcus
Llerena is guitarrist and composer.
instruments had put together the appearance of the beautiful
wood used, the tempered sound and the comfort for the musician.
That’s what I search to offer my customers. Beyond keeping
me tuned to the requirements of the tradition in producing good
instruments, I am always experimenting, innovating, searching
new and ways to obtain the maximum in beauty, sonorous quality
tha I indentify me with Antônio was you inventivity.
A quality thath was born from very intensive research
and a deep love by
music an woods." Willians
guitarrist and composer
has been molding the sound of the classical guitar since
the 1960s, and world-class
luthier Antônio de Padua is a key figure in that
legacy. The 7-string guitar he made for me is the
essence of Brazilian music: lyrical, balanced and
highly responsive. It's truly a live thing, a
partner I can lean on and pull out a range of
colors I could only imagine with previous
guitars. I have yet to discover its limits.
Antônio himself is a pleasure to deal with, warm,
knowledgeable and communicative. Truly one of his
country's best-kept secrets. Daniel
Waters is a guitarist, composer and poet on the island
First the work
I have been observing the work of the luthier Antonio de
12 years. The most important part of my personal and
musical life was
spent with this cheerful music box, rosewood and cedar,
architectured by force in a beautiful guitar built
on his atelier. My Torres
was the laboratory of my master research in timbre, loudness
psychoacoustics of sound production in the acoustic guitar.
instrument supported recordings, concerts, big theaters
outside, chamber rooms, hours of study, musically complex
contexts, duets with oboe and piano, most of the
times without amplification.
Nowadays I still notice that this instrument challenges
and invites me
to explore it, without preciousness and adapting perfectly
diversity and contrast of Latin-American, contemporary
music. More than this, this instrument matures with me.
Antônio carries the more remarkable duality of
artists: passion and
persistence. Antonio does not guitars only by ordering or for
someone who could buy it. In his atelier the guitars
are always there, as
could happen by self-will. They are guitars for sounding, to
be played, as they could choose its owners, and not the
other way. Own
guitar with the persistence of this Luthier is bring with you
technique, unique woods, history, art and diversity. In this
guitar made with passion reign the trustiness of arts
men: instruments made
with personality, expression and eternal care of his constructor." Luiz
Naveda is guitarrist and composer.