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Builder Profile

Builder Profile: Chase Tone

April 6, 2012
When it comes to hardcore authenticity in vintage gear replicas, no one tops Kyle Chase— a lone-ranger builder who says he can hear the difference between stranded and solid-core wire in his Marshall-, Vox-, and Fender-inspired amps and pedals.
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Builder Profile: Sherman Guitars

March 9, 2012
The former Hamer, Washburn, and Dean builder takes boutique shredmachine luthiery to the extreme with an approach that prioritizes local sourcing and one-on-one client engagement.
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Builder Profile: Top Hat Amps

January 10, 2012
Founder and designer Brian Gerhard discusses how being a player and paying attention to such minutia as speaker glue, transformer size, and filtering has made his amps go-to choices for everyone from Los Lobos to My Morning Jacket and studio aces like Michael Landau.
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Builder Profile: Teuffel Guitars

December 20, 2011
How one of guitardom’s most forward-thinking and meticulous luthiers transitioned from traditional designs to museum-quality dream machines.
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Builder Profile: Trev Wilkinson

November 16, 2011
Wilkinson merges his Fret-King house with Britain’s Vintage guitars.
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Builder Profile: Keeley Electronics' Robert Keeley

October 18, 2011
Over the past 10 years, Robert Keeley has watched his company grow from offering a few experimental pedals into a major effects manufacturer with products being sold in more than 200 US stores and nearly 100 internationally. Here he reflects on the journey, technological strides, and where he sees his company going in the future.
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Do What You Love (The Money Will Follow)

September 20, 2011
Centuries ago, when I told friends I wanted to make guitar-building my career, many reacted with looks of horror.
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Builder Profile: Gene Baker and Premier Builders Guild

September 20, 2011
Master builder and chief engineer Gene Baker has been around and then some—from studying at GIT to working for Gibson and the Fender Custom Shop to having his own prestigious shop torpedoed by unscrupulous lenders to heading up one of the guitar industry’s most intriguing gear onsortiums.
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Guitar Builder or NFL Player ?

August 16, 2011
More and more young people have been coming into our shop lately, wondering how to prepare for a career as an instrument maker. Should I be the voice of reason and advise them to pursue a less exclusive career path, like the NFL?
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Builder Profile: Becker Guitars & Ryan Martin Basses

August 16, 2011
In just four years, Dan Becker and Ryan Martin have gone from being disgruntled workaday drones giving their musical inclinations short shrift to being passionate luthiers of custom guitars and basses that have gotten the attention of notable players like Primus’ Larry LaLonde and Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger and Ryan Stasik.
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Builder Profile: Carvin

August 9, 2011
The company has carved its niche in the industry as a manufacturer of US-made instruments and amps that can be had at a fraction of the cost of their counterparts.
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Builder Profile: Ken Parker Archtops

July 19, 2011
Though he shook up the industry in 1993 with the Fly—the most unique solidbody design the electric world had seen in years—for more than 30 years now his primary passion has been advancing the art and science of archtop luthiery.
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Builder Profile: Jackson Custom Shop

June 14, 2011
Master builder Mike Shannon talks about his path from building furniture to working on Randy Rhoads’ custom Concorde V. Plus, headbanging heroes Chris Broderick and David Ellefson of Megadeth discuss their Jackson signature models.
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A Day in the Life of a Luthier

June 14, 2011
Mark Dalton takes you from open to close as the head of Huss & Dalton
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Builder Profile: Markbass

May 25, 2011
Marco De Virgiliis and Peter Murray from Markbass talk about the company’s history, what sets them apart, and their recent entry into the effects pedals and guitar amplification market.
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Builder Profile: Charles Fox

May 17, 2011
Through his innovative steel-string designs, widely used guitar-building tools, and highly influential American School of Lutherie, this restless builder from Portland, Oregon, has had a remarkable impact on guitar making.
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Cow-Skull Guitars and a Builder Named Boaz

May 17, 2011
Slicing a cow skull to make interior braces for a custom guitar. Photo by peckhammer Next to the 1954 Stratocaster (serial number 0168) sitting on my repair bench, I’ve
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Builder Profile: Mercury Magnetics

April 27, 2011
We talk with Mercury’s Sergio Hamernik to dig deeper into their roots, find out what one can expect from upgrading their iron, and what sets Mercury apart.
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Builder Profile: Epifani Amplifiers

April 19, 2011
New York City’s bass-amp innovator talks about his never-ending quest for impeccable tone and how he broke into the scene by tirelessly schlepping his designs to jazz clubs and getting local legends to plug in.
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Builder Profile: Studio California

March 15, 2011
Paul Wilczynski tells how his industrial design background and love of vintage guitars led him to becoming Rickenbacker’s only licensed electric restorer and their only licensed builder of new Ricky acoustics.
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