Got my first Sears guitar (with the spray painted sunburst) for Christmas at 10 in 1960, but my love of two piece single cutaway style guitars began in 1970 when I traded a (yellow to green sunburst) 1960 Epiphone Sorrento thinline for a grocery bag full of one 1954 Blackguard in pieces.
Around the same time I apprenticed and worked at Arrowhead Guitars in Duluth, Mn, a shop that specialized in six and twelve string acoustic guitars and repairs and restorations. I learned from two luthiers who had worked with long time builder Charles Hoffmann from Minneapolis. In the early 1990sI built custom "T" style guitars with phenolic and wood composite necks with one piece swamp ash bodies (a few with artwork engraving) working out of Greg Curbows shop in North Georgia (visit Early Guitars). Greg was an deeply talented designer, builder and a cranky perfectionist; a friend and inspiration to me. I gig weekly at the world famous Northside Tavern in Atlanta (voted one of the Top Ten Dive Bars in the USA). I’ve gotten to work with some great musicians.
Years of gigging and a desire for something better to express myself lead me to design what I think are the perfect single cutaway stage and recording guitars. It’s a great joy to build instruments that inspire musicians. I build expressive instruments. What you put in comes out of the instrument. Freedom of expression.