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is a famous Portuguese guitar maker, born in Lisbon on 12 May 1936. He is the son of João Pedro Grácio Junior and the grandson of João Pedro Grácio, both renowned luthiers. He started working in his father's workshop at the age of twelve.
The heir of a traditional art of Portuguese guitar
The Portuguese guitar or Portuguese guitarra is a plucked string instrument with twelve steel strings, strung in six courses comprising two strings each. It is one of the few musical instruments to use Preston tuners. It is most notably associated with fado.-History:The origin of the Portuguese...
making that has passed through generations of the Grácio family, he will be the last of the Grácio luthiers, since his sons do not want to continue the tradition.
The Grácio family is considered to be one of the most important traditional guitar makers in Europe, and their contribution has helped develop the Portuguese guitar over the years. Their work together with that of the Paredes family reinvented the Lisbon guitar and created the Portuguese guitar of Coimbra.
Gilberto Grácio still works in his workshop in Lisbon, and in the past years he has devoted most of his time to teaching his art.
Two of his students will keep making guitars according to his family's tradition, under his supervision.
Amongst the famous performers and musicians who have bought and played his instruments are Carlos Paredes
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, António Chainho
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, Fernando Alvim, and Jimmy Page
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