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Charles Fox has been involved in the development of modern American lutherie for over 35 years. He enjoys an international reputation as an artisan, designer, consultant and educator. His original design concepts, such as the thin-line acoustic guitar, as well as his building techniques and production devices, such as the universal workboard and the universal side bender, are used by guitar makers and factories around the world.Charles was born in San Francisco in 1943, grew up living all across the United States and settled eventually in Chicago. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1965 and earned his Masters degree from Northwestern University in 1966. He began making guitars the following year.After teaching art at the Colorodo Rocky Mountain School, Charles and his young family moved to Vermont in 1970. In 1973 he founded the School of he Guitar Research & Design Center, the first school for guitar makers in North America, where many of today's established luthiers were ntroduced to their craft. Beginning In 1978, Charles' GRD Guitars production workshop helped define the emerging market for high-end acoustic and electric guitars.Charles returned to San Francisco in 1982 and later moved to Healdsburg, CA, where he established the American School of Lutherie in 1993 and in 1996 co-founded the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. During the late 1990s Charles ran CFox Guitars, a ten-person lutherie workshop producing high-end acoustic guitars. In 2002 Charles and his wife & business partner Denise, moved to Portland, OR, where he continues to teach on a limited basis while building custom classical and steel string guitars for a worldwide clientele of musicians and collectors.
Portland, Oregon
Ron DeLano
'C' Concert, 'F' Fingerstyle, 'SJ' Small Jumbo, Avante, Hauser, Hybrid, Ergo
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