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Modern Builder Vault

Modern Builder Vault: Tom Clement Basses

September 6, 2012
“I have been blessed to have some awesome repeat customers, including one that owns nine of my instruments.”
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Frank Hartung Guitars

August 10, 2012
One creation that sets Hartung apart is his unique “flow-carving” design, which he developed in 2002 and uses on many of his instruments.
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Modern Builder Vault: Tony Cochran Custom Electric Guitars

July 9, 2012
Internationally syndicated cartoonist Tony Cochran brings an entirely new meaning to “Frankenstein-ing” a guitar: He produces uniquely over-the-top instruments in his Columbus, Ohio, workshop by giving closet-banished guitars an opportunity
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Modern Builder Vault: King Blossom Guitars

June 8, 2012
“I’m all about the wood, so I strive to create a noble purpose that equals its beauty.”
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Krusa Guitars

May 11, 2012
With more than 20 years of guitar- building experience now under his belt, Krusa has become a formidable presence in the world of custom acoustics.
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Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars

April 6, 2012
“I’m always looking for new and better building methods, and ways to make my instruments easier to play, lighter, better sounding, easier to adjust, and more affordable.”
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Modern Builder Vault: Fibernare Guitars

March 9, 2012
Growing up in Hungary during the Iron Curtain-era in the ’80s left little room for musically inclined youngsters to get their hands on, or even see, a Gibson or Fender
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HeliArc Guitars

February 10, 2012
Handcrafted while utilizing high-tech manufacturing methods and the input from multi-platinum artists, HeliArc uses aircraft-grade aluminum to create its instruments.
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Dudley Custom Guitars

January 10, 2012
Dudley acquired the attitude and confidence that he could build anything he could imagine—at the highest level of craft and artistry—and invent new techniques to solve any aesthetic goals.
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Dismal Ax Guitars

December 16, 2011
Downing has a very unique building style and methodology, drawing inspiration from nature in the surrounding hills of central Tennessee.
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Asher Guitars

November 15, 2011
Asher''s line includes three lap steel models and three guitar models.
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Scott Walker Guitars

October 18, 2011
Master craftsman Scott Walker is a Santa Cruz-based luthier who cut his teeth in the business working for Santa Cruz Guitar Company alongside Richard Hoover
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Steve Grimes Guitars

September 20, 2011
As a woodworker and working musician, Steve Grimes was fascinated by the prospect of combining the two professions and began building guitars in the early ’70s.
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Alexander James Guitars

August 16, 2011
Alexander James literally took matters into his own hands at age 16, when he started building a guitar comparable in style to his desired Paul Reed Smith.
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Drew & Sebastian Guitars

July 19, 2011
Graham Drew, master luthier at Drew & Sebastian Guitars in Virginia, says his company offers various options for every detail on their instruments, all the way down to how the pickups are wound.
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Michael Dunn Guitars

June 14, 2011
Canadian luthier Michael Dunn has spent most of his life experimenting with interior resonators.
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Laplante Guitars

May 17, 2011
Around 1994, chemistry professor and longtime guitarist Jean-Pierre Laplante, frustrated by the dearth of decent left-handed instruments available on the market and tired of playing converted right-handed models, decided to
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Peter Malinoski

April 19, 2011
“I never wanted to make someone else’s instrument any more than I wanted to copy someone else’s painting,” says artist and luthier Peter Malinoski.
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Modern Builder Vault: Hanson Guitars

March 15, 2011
It all started with pickups for John and Bo Pirruccello of Hanson Guitars—bass pickups to be specific. In 2005, John—who’s also CEO and co-owner of Lakland Basses— wanted to
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Modern Builder Vault: Bell Custom Guitars

February 15, 2011
Bell Custom Guitars builds classically-shaped instruments using a combination of acrylic and wood.
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