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I began building handmade custom acoustic guitars in 2006. What started out as a fun project and birthday gift to build my own guitar almost immediately became my passion. I have been playing guitar since I was about 9 years old and it’s always been an important part of my life. I built my first three guitars under the guidance of Virgil Shouse, my wife’s grandfather. I’m so grateful to have been given that opportunity. Once the first three were completed, I decided to begin setting up my own shop at my home. I read every lutherie book and article I could find and scoured the internet for clues. After a few more, I decided to attend the Galloup School for their Technician Course to learn how to make my creations play properly. A few years later, at the Montreal Guitar Show, a friend recommended a book set by a man named Ervin Somogyi. I had no idea who he was at the time, but I read them cover to cover multiple times. My guitars were really starting to turn a corner at this point. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend 10 days in Oakland, CA with Ervin himself, along with a few other luthiers, to study voicing the guitar. I’ve been at it for 10 years now and my journey is just beginning. With each guitar new mysteries are uncovered and I’m genuinely excited to continue to grow in this craft. My aim is to build guitars that inspire. Guitars that are rich in tonal complexities and reflect my own individuality as a luthier. It is my desire to work with you to create the guitar that inspires you as an artist.
Bluffton, South Carolina
MD, OM, OO
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