It all began with my first woodworking project at the age of 7. Since then I’ve felt a strong connection to wood, and years later, the lessons I’ve learned still resonate, guiding me in many facets of guitar building and design.
I first started working on stringed instruments in the mid 1970s, doing repairs and rebuilding derelict instruments, and selling them to get through school. Those old icons of the American stringed instrument tradition revealed hidden secrets when their backs and tops were removed, either from damage or for repairs. Later, in 2005, I returned to instrument work and began to build guitars.
I take a conservative approach to structural considerations. While the sound I strive for comes in large part from light construction, I believe that with the proper care, a light guitar can be built with structural integrity, ensuring a long life. The guitars I build are responsive, and tempered by the structure which contributes to the articulation they’re known for. When you play one, it feels and sounds alive.
I sweat the small stuff. When it comes to tonal quality and efficiency, the smallest details, when taken together, can have a big impact on the final outcome. Stringed instruments by their nature are not very efficient, so the many factors that contribute to efficiency can yield huge returns which, in the completed instrument, are realized in a guitar that is easy to play and yields readily to the lightest touch.