October 2016

Modern Builder Vault

Modern Builder Vault: Rizzolo Guitars

May 30, 2014
This Tasmania-based guitar builder offers up a variety of handcrafted gems from Down Under.
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Modern Builder Vault: Alquier Guitars

April 25, 2014
This French luthier's breathtaking designs embrace old-world construction techniques while flouting tradition with classic automobile aesthetics and surprising tonal versatility.
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Modern Builder Vault: Amfisound Guitars

April 6, 2014
This luthier duo from Finland draws inspiration from their homeland and offers a wide range of instruments with both a “classic” and “extreme” line.
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Modern Builder Vault: Thorell Guitars

February 27, 2014
Master-crafted instruments that strive for the pinnacle of 21st-century guitar lutherie.
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Modern Builder Vault: Russell Guitars

January 30, 2014
When no one was willing to build him an acoustic with a scalloped fretboard for microtonal string bends, James Russell took on the project himself and became a full-time luthier.
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Modern Builder Vault: Bad Seed Guitars

December 20, 2013
A racecar builder uses his engineering know-how to build guitars out of titanium and other metals.
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Modern Builder Vault: Lowland Guitars

December 2, 2013
Handmade guitars from the Netherlands.
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Modern Builder Vault: KOZM Guitars

November 8, 2013
“Modern guitars for modern times,” is a fitting mission statement for Jeff Kosmoski’s KOZM Guitars.
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Modern Builder Vault: Red Rocket Guitars

October 11, 2013
North Carolina artist Matthew Nowicki taught himself how to build guitars five years ago and hasn't looked back.
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ODD Guitars

July 29, 2013
With bodies that are 3D printed, rather than carved, Professor Olaf Diegel’s ODD Guitars are truly like nothing you’ve seen or played before.
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Venture Guitars

July 4, 2013
“We wanted to see more craft and soul come back into the guitar market and wanted to be a part of that,” says Bousley.
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DELM Guitars

June 17, 2013
A one-man operation building approximately 10 guitars per year and winding his own pickups.
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Dreamer Guitarworks

May 11, 2013
As a high-end boutique builder in Brazil, Freire faces some unique challenges.
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Longfellow Guitars

April 15, 2013
Even though Longfellow doesn’t believe aluminum guitar makers will make an impact in the mainstream industry, he feels he has something uniquely different to offer.
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LaRose Guitars

March 11, 2013
The luthier currently offers six base models, all boasting inspiration from the classic designs of the past century while incorporating D’Agostino’s ideas and the invaluable experience he acquired while apprenticing at Hamer.
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Modern Builder Vault: Zeal Guitars

February 4, 2013
While growing up in Kaiserslautern, Germany, at age 13, the idea occurred to Bastian Kanbach that making guitars for a living must be one of the greatest professions ever. But
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PMC Guitars

January 9, 2013
Châteauneuf says that any form of art, be it architecture or African art, can be a source of inspiration for him.
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Modern Builder Vault: Martin Keith Guitars

December 10, 2012
Having worked in Veillette’s shop since 2000, and more recently as a shop assistant with Ken Parker’s operation, Martin Keith certainly has been blessed with the lutherie equivalent of an Ivy League education.
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Modern Builder Vault: Peters Instruments

November 5, 2012
Like so many other teenagers, Shad Peters picked up the guitar when classic rock and metal from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne reigned king on his stereo.
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Erich Solomon Guitars

October 8, 2012
Erich Solomon’s path to building guitars began in 1995 with a vision he had as a 17-year-old living in Anchorage, Alaska. He was sitting on a couch in the early
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