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27056 Maurland Lane
Tracy, CA, 95304
United States

(209)627-7067

About

When I was about 14 years old, a friend and mentor taught me to play guitar.   Just open chords on the Fedco finger-bleeding guitar that my parents got me.     It wasn't much, but turned out to be enough.  I played that 3/4 size toy guitar wherever they'd let me, (which wasn't many places) - but we did have fun.

Eventually I moved on to better instruments, but I still have that thing in a closet around here.  The bridge is lifting, not because it's coming unglued but because the thin plywood/pressboard top is bending up from the pull of the strings.   I keep it around as a reminder that I want the guitars I build to be super comfortable with low action and fantastic playability. 

I don't know why I never thought of making guitars sooner.   Perhaps it was because this obsession needed to wait until this particular time in my life to avoid driving my family crazy.  Well, I actually do drive them crazy anyhow - but it would've been worse when the girls were younger and things were different.   I've always done some woodworking, even though the last woodworking class I took was Mr. Montanari's woodshop class in the 7th grade.   Several years back I was thinking about getting a new guitar and wasn't sure what I wanted, or if I could find what I thought I wanted, and at some point it hit me that maybe I could build one myself.   

So I set about teaching myself to build guitars.  I read forums, books, I downloaded tutorials, I watched countless YouTube videos and even listened to a podcast.   I created a lot of very expensive sawdust and kindling at first.   After a while though I got better at it.    I took a couple of classes on specific topics that I needed more help with.   I soaked up everything I could find, and I still do.

Now the guitars I build play and sound excellent, as well as display the natural beauty of the wood.   Still, I'm sure the next great one is right around the corner. I always seem to have more great ideas than I have time or money to build them, but I suppose some degree of self-limitation is necessary anyhow.

For now though, I have plenty of projects.  I'll keep this blog and website updated, and if you have any questions to ask or stories to tell, drop me a line.  I'm always game to talk guitar building.

 

Jonathan