Custom Built Guitars - Restorations - Repairs - Installations
I made guitars - and some strange other instruments in high school back in 1967. That was back when resources were much harder to find, and there was just a book or two in the city library on the topic. My father let me take over his shop and mess it up.
I played the first 12 string I built throughout college for 10 years or so until it had a bad accident, and at the time I had no shop to repair it. It was a long scale oversized lute shaped guitar with a one-piece mahogany top and a composite lute shaped back.
Years passed and my old interest reverted to simple repairs and set ups, while I did not have the facilities and, as I later learned, the sophistication to make the fine instruments I make today. I pursued a career as a designer, contractor, builder, and artist, and then I met my generous friend Tom Johnson, a nuclear plant engineer and exceptionally fine craftsman, who had been building fine guitars for years. I spent around six years shadowing this creative and talented builder. I often occupied his workbench with my own projects, and did the requisite assisting, cleaning, interfering, and interrogating, with every extra hour I had. This was my apprenticeship.
Time and treasure and many guitars later, I’ve retired (mostly) to my full time passion, making and repairing fine guitars. When I need a break I play them and write songs. I’m a lucky guy.
"In my shop something is strung for the first time, making its first sound, first chord, first scale. Like an infant’s first breath, it is an incomparable thrill. I watch as these creations reveal the personalities, attitudes and spirit they will be known for to those intimate with them."