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Builder Profile

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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CD Review: Fountains of Wayne - "Sky Full of Holes"

July 19, 2011
With their first new release since 2007’s Traffic and Weather, Fountains of Wayne carries on its critically acclaimed brand of shimmery pop.
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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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