Joséf Pagés (c. 1762–c. 1822) was the son of one of the most famous of all six-course guitar makers, Juan Pagés of Cádiz. Joséf had three younger brothers (Antonio, Francisco, and Joaquín) who after working as journeymen for Juan, also made guitars under their own labels. Yet none were so prolific as Joséf and his father, who made guitars of exceptional quality. Joséf almost certainly apprenticed under his father too, but by 1801, he had his own workshop and declared himself a maestro instrumentista (master instrument maker).