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Roy Noble began building musical instruments in 1959 at the age of sixteen. His first efforts were classical and flamenco guitars from the Spanish school of guitar construction as well as medieval lutes and violins.In the summer of 1963 Roy began building steel string guitars. But unlike the other steel string luthiers, Roy added his knowledge of classical guitar and violins to their construction. Roy Noble led the first wave of contemporary steel string luthiers, and still today his knowledge and craftsmanship have no equal.Roy retired from commercial guitar building during the later half of the seventies. He returned to full time construction in the fall of 1991. Roy moved his family and shop to the high desert above Los Angeles in 1993 where he, his wife and son construct some of the finest musical instruments available.