So the guys at Loud Guitars have asked me to write something about myself for my column. It’s not easy because I suck at this sort of thing. I bought my first guitar when I was eleven after hearing Beggars Banquet by the Stones at a buddy’s birthday party. “What else is a poor boy to do” after hearing Sympathy for the Devil! That first Axe was a Tenor size flat top made by “Pearl” (yea the drum guy’s) and I still have it today. I probably had it for a week before I started screwing around with it to find out how it worked and how I could make it play better. By the time I was finishing high school I was painting Strat copies and making an Explorer copy for a school buddy. They weren’t very good but it was the start of doing something I loved and would get better at.
It’s funny how priority’s in life change when all of a sudden you find yourself with a promising engineering career and married with two beautiful daughters to take care of and raise. Things like playing and messing around with guitars tend to lose some of their importance when you have soccer games to coach and teenagers to drive everywhere. Then time fly’s by, kids grow up and boom you got time on your hands again. (In my head violins are playing and everyone reading this is holding back some tears, Ha).
So about six years ago I was challenged by two friends to get back into repairing and building guitars. The challenge came at a time when I was trying to figure out what I would do with my time while convalescing after a heart operation and wham I was hooked again. Both guitars were complete restorations of old family heirlooms originally built in the 1950’s. The first was a hand built electric and the second was a Jumbo size flat top acoustic. The results along with many samples of other repairs and custom builds that I have completed can be seen on my web site at www.readcustomguitars.com.
So Cheers and remember “If you don’t like sanding, don’t get into guitar making!”
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