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There are a few times in life where the entire future turns on one short moment.

For me, one of those moments happened when I was 14 years old, a friend and mentor taught me to play guitar. Just open chords on a cheap Harmony acoustic guitar from Fedco. 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 has bent upward from the pull of the strings.   I keep it around as a reminder that even a small investment of time by someone who cares can set the course of a life.

Eventually playing lead to tinkering, modding, and eventually building. An eventual project to build a new guitar led to a new hobby, which somewhere along the way became a passion.

I want to share that passion with you. I want to nerd out on the specs that no one but another luthier would understand. I want to obsess over every little detail because in a strange way, I draw satisfaction from the pure process of obsessively creating. I want to create instruments that inspire their players to create music in the same way.

Iā€™d love to hear from you. If you have questions to ask or stories to tell, or just want to chat about guitars, drop me a line.

 

Jonathan

 
 
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