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My love affair for the acoustic guitar started when I was a teenager in the late ’60s. Though I listened to my share of electric guitar heroes such as Clapton and Hendrix, the tone that touched my soul was what Stephen Stills called “wooden music”. After hearing Doc Watson play, my life was changed. I spent countless hours trying to learn his music, both his fingerstyle and flatpicking style. What I found was, although I never became a great musician, I was totally taken by that wooden sound of the acoustic guitar.
My goal as a professional guitar maker is to live well. By this I do not mean first and foremost making a lot of money. What I do mean is that I try to do my work with honor. That means honoring those people who came before me and those that are continuing the tradition of fine luthiery. It is also important to me to have an honorable relationship with those that I do business.
My guitars are more evolutionary than they are revolutionary in design. My designs are most influenced by C. F. Martin’s classic pre-war period with a bit of Gibson from the 30’s and 40’s. I then add a modern neck to the formula and finish them with a beautiful varnish. I build guitars in a variety of sizes and shapes. Each is tap tuned to meet the requirements of string gauge and playing style. I am passionate about building guitars with great tone, power and dynamics.
Kim Walker has earned a well deserved reputation as a premier builder of vintage inspired instruments. Every one I play is compelling and special.