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My love of guitar building grew out of my love of wood. I began building guitars in 1994 during my graduate studies in forestry at Colorado State University. While subsequently teaching tropical forestry in Belize, Central America, I took the opportunity to hand select many of the unique woods which are featured in my guitars. Along the way, I had the opportunity to study with noted luthiers Ervin Somogyi and Harry Fleishman. My approach to guitar-building, emphasizing a seamless connection between aesthetics and functionality, has been influenced by the work of both these master builders. In 1998, I opened my shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, building guitars full-time.At other times in life I was a soil scientist for the U.S. Forest Service, a research assistant at Duke University studying global warming, and a commercial photography assistant in New York City. My love of photography and of Japanese wood-block prints has informed my approach to guitar building, particularly in my Collector Series guitars, including the African Blackwood OO-12 Fret and the Great Wave models. The clean lines and subtle textures of Bashkin Guitars owe a great deal to my love of nature as well.Michael Bashkin
Fort Collins, Colorado
Karen Cannon, Dave Beegle, Peter Janson
Placencia OM, Bellezza Grand Concert, 00 12-Fret, SJ 12-Fret
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