Kinnaird, John Learn More +
I’ve been building guitars for over 40 years. During this time I have avoided a formal education in guitar making which I now consider fortunate since I have been able to evolve, unhindered by the limitations of formal constraints, a style of construction and philosophy of tone which is unique and distinct. I have had mentors along the way. A visit to the shop of J. Rhyne In Atlanta, in the early 70’s gave me the eye opening experience of seeing guitars being made by individual workers in a custom shop. Never before had I even considered that guitar making could be an art form that transcended what was produced in guitar factories. Of course I was hooked on the idea of making instruments and set out on what has been a life long endeavor.
Along the way I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Wade Lowe. Wade owned a guitar shop in Decatur Georgia where he did repairs and made custom classical guitars and violins. He became a mentor and showed me what it meant to be a craftsman. Over the years I have learned how to make a great sounding guitar. My goal now is to build instruments that are truly custom fitted to the wishes of my customers. My building style is such that I have the flexibility to respond to particular aesthetic requests and to make a guitar that meets and exceeds the sonic demands and the playing style of my clients.