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"I was absolutely smitten with the idea of building guitars, so I started by nearly destroying a couple of cheap electrics, then moderately improving an old Silvertone classical. The first guitar I helped build from scratch was a little concert model, with my brother Scott. Soon after finishing university, I took the first chance I had to head to northern California and attend classes with Harry Fleishman at Luthiers School International, and Harry has continued to mentor me through the years. I've also been influenced by the teaching of Ervin Somogyi, and by the instruments of Jeffrey Elliott, Kirk Sand, Rick Turner and Kevin Ryan. A few companies out there really impress me, especially Richard HooverÃŠÂ¼s Santa Cruz Guitar Co."My wife, little boys and I moved to India in June of 2010, with a dream of connecting Indian artisans with healthy markets. Mel started a textile-based fashion company called JOYN,Ã‚ and I started Dehradun Guitar Co. The real heart of DGC is the group of men who build with me."
David's story is an inspiration. Breaking out of the mold by starting a guitar company in India, David's managed to train an impressive stable of luthiers in a short period of time, and the Dehradun label is churning out some serious toneboxes which we're more than happy to represent.
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