McGill, Paul Learn More +
My guitar making history began at age 17 on a bed frame where I attempted to make a guitar.
Later that year I attended the Earthworks School of Guitar Making in Vermont, run by Charles Fox, for six weeks in 1976.
After a short time in Athens, Georgia, I found my way to Wisconsin in June of 1978. I set up a shop in the basement of a duplex I rented and started serving the local guitar players. A year later I moved into a violin shop and started doing violin repairs as well as making guitars. In 1985 I moved to Nashville to work in the restoration shop at Gruhn Guitars where I worked from late 1985 through April, 1987. I returned there in early 1988 for a short time but was finished by the spring.
In my early years I made many steel string guitars, but I always wanted to build fine classical guitars, and in 1984 I went fully into nylon string guitars. In 1989 I had my shop in a house I owned, and there was a fire. It was at that time I learned Earl Klugh had recorded “Solo Guitar” on my classical guitars which he had acquired elsewhere.
Guitar making has been my lifelong pursuit. It has been an amazing journey.