about us...

Stephen Neal Saqui is the former owner of The Blue Guitar in San Diego.  After 35 years in the San Diego shop, Stephen established Salmon River Guitars and is now  building instruments, and taking in repairs. We are an Authorized Warranty Repair Center for C.F. Martin & Co in Idaho.

A Little Bit of History

After returning from military service in 1969, I began my apprenticeship with Yuris Zeltins, founder of The Blue Guitar.  Together Yuris and I developed and built guitars, trained apprentices, and expanded the business. In 1994 I took over ownership of The Blue Guitar while Yuris continued to restore and repair high-end classical and flamenco guitars.

After 10 years of running the business, training new luthiers, and working at the bench I sold the shop. The Blue Guitar continues to flourish with a fine retail store and workshop and some of the finest luthiers in the business. Renowned for his work, Yuris still can be found at The Blue Guitar.

My father changed his name from Saqui to Neal as a young man. While respecting the memory of my father, I still wish to acknowledge my true family name with my line of Saqui Guitars