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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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Hand Guitars

January 17, 2011
Hand guitars use polymer clay and other alternative materials to create psychedelic designs
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