Jose Romanillos was born in Madrid in 1932. He learned the trade of cabinet-making to support his family. He loved to play guitar and by 1956 he had made one for his own pleasure. At this time he'd also moved to England and there found interest in building guitars. He left and returned in 1970 where shortly after Julian Bream had played of his guitars--they developed a life-long relationship. Bream would go on to record some of his best records with his these guitars and even had Romanillos moved close by so he could check out new designs.
Jose has since become more of a historian writing on the designs of Torres and his own instruments while leaving his son Liam, a dedicated craftsman in his own right, to the duty of building.