About the Builder

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!

My instruments are inspired by some of the great designs of Martin and Gibson but
incorporate a variety of unique features and aesthetic choices that illustrate my
independent thinking about guitar design and building. Take a look at my various models,
and then feel free to contact me about creating your dream guitar. Check out the building
process below. Thanks for visiting!


                           About the Process  

                                                                                                                                  

All instruments are built in a climate controlled shop with a constant 45% Relative
Humidity
with well acclimated tonewoods. Due to the nature of wood expanding and
contracting in varying humidity,
it is necessary to store the instrument in a 45% to 50%
range to keep the warranty valid.  A responsive instrument is also responsive to changes
in humidity.
A Blending of Science, Art, Craftsmanship and Creativity