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Builder Profile

On A Bender: Gibson and Joe Glaser's Les Paul Junior B-Bender

January 9, 2013
Gibson Guitars and Nashville luthier Joe Glaser team up to create the Les Paul Junior B-Bender––A guitar that takes pedal-steel-style wailing to the masses and opens it to a whole new world of tonal possibilities.
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Builder Profile: Fodera Guitars

December 10, 2012
Shrewd bargaining, a little white lie, and a series of serendipitous connections paved the way for Vinny Fodera to rub shoulders with some of the most esteemed bass builders in the business. When he’d learned all he could from his mentors, he set out on his own and ended up being the luthier of choice for iconic players like Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, and Anthony Jackson.
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Everything at Hand

December 10, 2012
While still in high school, a friend and I embarked upon the creation of an amplifier company in the basement of my parent’s apartment building.
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Builder Profile: John Monteleone

November 5, 2012
From his days being mentored by legendary luthiers Jimmy D’Aquisto and Mario Maccaferri to the unsurpassed honor of having his instruments displayed at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monteleone has proven himself one of the most gifted and original archtop builders in the world.
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Builder Profile: Dagmar Custom Guitars

October 8, 2012
Self-taught luthier Pete Swanson blends art and science in a groundbreaking approach to guitar design that combines computer technology, wax molds, and fiber-optic photonic pickups.
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Builder Profile: EarthQuaker Devices

September 5, 2012
How former Black Keys tour manager Jamie Stillman went from hanging with Dan Auerback to reverse-engineering an old pedal and founding one of the most creative and futuristically retro stompbox outfits in the biz.
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Builder Profile: Citron Guitars and Basses

July 9, 2012
Combining his passions for music and design, guitarist and architect Harvey Citron creates his distinctive hollowbody basses and guitars that incorporate his own custom-built pickups, as well as his most groundbreaking invention to date—an intonation-adjustable wooden bridge.
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Builder Profile: Source Audio

June 8, 2012
The forward-thinking makers of the Hot Hand and the Soundblox stompboxes discuss the genesis, evolution, and future of their powerhouse pedals–and the maddening uphill battle they face from digital-averse players.
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Builder Profile: Heritage Guitar

May 11, 2012
By designing and building small batches of handcrafted, high-quality guitars from solid woods right here in the United States, Heritage is able to pay attention to those crucial details that define a great 6-string.
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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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