October 2016
Jol Dantzig

Jol Dantzig

Jol Dantzig is a noted designer, builder, and player who co-founded Hamer Guitars, one of the first boutique guitar brands, in 1973. Today, as the director of Dantzig Guitar Design, he continues to help define the art of custom guitar. To learn more, visit guitardesigner.com.

ARTICLES

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Lost in Translation

September 21, 2016
Does it matter if the person building your guitar knows how to play one?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Better by the Dozen

August 3, 2016
If four strings aren’t floating your bass boat, have you considered 12?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Aspirational Guitarist

July 19, 2016
Is that beautiful, expensive piece of gear performing to its potential in your hands?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Dollars in the Details

June 20, 2016
Aesthetically pleasing guitar details that blend high and low art with the bottom line.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Arched, Carved, and Laminate Tops

May 8, 2016
Is that guitar in the window really an archtop or is marketing speak just telling you it is?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why We Play Guitar

April 18, 2016
The veteran luthier explores the ways in which 6-strings connect us to something larger.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Domestic Disputes

February 11, 2016
So, your guitar was made in the USA—or was it?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Handmade—at the Press of a Button

December 27, 2015
Determining just how handmade a guitar is, and if it really matters.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building a Literal Museum Piece

November 24, 2015
How a historic 5-necked wonder came to life in Hamer’s shop.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Tooling Up

October 29, 2015
Look beyond a stunning guitar, and you’ll likely find equally stunning tooling that brought the instrument to life.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building with Your Ears

September 27, 2015
Jol Dantzig expounds on the importance of listening while you work and how he learned to hate the iPod.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Endorsement Check—the Other Pay to Play

July 22, 2015
How influential—if at all—are celebrity endorsements when you’re shopping for gear?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Picking Parts and Perfection

June 11, 2015
Tone and playability rule, but there’s more to consider when checking out a guitar.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Humbucker’s Immortal Coil

April 15, 2015
To expose or not to expose your humbuckers, and a little history behind the question.
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Esoterica Electrica: Hi-Tech from 1878

March 18, 2015
It’s no wonder something as mundane as the lowly output jack might go largely unnoticed by innovators.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Musician’s Clubhouse

February 23, 2015
There are hints of a music-retail renaissance in the air, and the former man behind Hamer likes it.
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Esoterica Electrica: Looking Past a Nice Body

January 18, 2015
Like the proverbial chicken or the egg question, is it the neck or the body?
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