How My Guitar Journey Began

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I get asked quite often, how I began building guitars. It’s been an interesting journey with this year marking my 25th year, I thought it would be fun to share how I got started…

It was 1988, and I was a design engineer and project leader at Intel Corp. I had always loved playing the guitar, as well as collecting, but at that time with raising a family and working, I hadn’t touched my guitar much for a couple of years. I decided I needed to start playing the guitar again, so I bought a nice classical guitar, started taking lessons, and really enjoyed it.

After a few months, the bridge on my new classical started to lift, so I took it to a local place in Phoenix to get it fixed. Well, they messed up the job, and the guitar looked terrible. I decided that without any real experience, I could do better than that. I fixed the job they did, and started working on some old beater guitars, and started doing some simple repairs for friends. I bought every book on guitar repair that I could find, and started buying some tools, and putting a shop together in my garage.

Eventually, around early 1989, I decided to build a guitar, so I bought Bill Cumpiano and Jonathan Natleson’s book: Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology, and got started. I decided to buy some inexpensive pieces of cherry from a local hobby shop, and a piece of sitka spruce for the top. The cherry boards were 3/32” thick, 2” wide, and 24” long. I designed a guitar that would let me use these small boards. It was a small body guitar-almost travel size, with a multi-piece back (seven pieces). I put together a pipe bender, with a blowtorch for heat, and after setting my shirt on fire at one point, got the sides bent. I measured the fret spacing by hand, painstakingly sawed each of the fret slots, and eventually got the guitar done.

I was very proud of this guitar. It wasn’t perfect, but it played well, and I showed it to a lot of friends and that’s how I got my first order. The Guitar is shown below—the top, the multi-piece back, and my first attempt at inlay—my logo: GSL guitars. I definitely went a little crazy with the design (especially for a first guitar)—the cutaway, multi piece back, wood bindings, and a bound headstock.

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How My Guitar Journey Began

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I get asked quite often, how I began building guitars. It’s been an interesting journey with this year marking my 25th year, I thought it would be fun to share how I got started…

It was 1988, and I was a design engineer and project leader at Intel Corp. I had always loved playing the guitar, as well as collecting, but at that time with raising a family and working, I hadn’t touched my guitar much for a couple of years. I decided I needed to start playing the guitar again, so I bought a nice classical guitar, started taking lessons, and really enjoyed it.

After a few months, the bridge on my new classical started to lift, so I took it to a local place in Phoenix to get it fixed. Well, they messed up the job, and the guitar looked terrible. I decided that without any real experience, I could do better than that. I fixed the job they did, and started working on some old beater guitars, and started doing some simple repairs for friends. I bought every book on guitar repair that I could find, and started buying some tools, and putting a shop together in my garage.

Eventually, around early 1989, I decided to build a guitar, so I bought Bill Cumpiano and Jonathan Natleson’s book: Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology, and got started. I decided to buy some inexpensive pieces of cherry from a local hobby shop, and a piece of sitka spruce for the top. The cherry boards were 3/32” thick, 2” wide, and 24” long. I designed a guitar that would let me use these small boards. It was a small body guitar-almost travel size, with a multi-piece back (seven pieces). I put together a pipe bender, with a blowtorch for heat, and after setting my shirt on fire at one point, got the sides bent. I measured the fret spacing by hand, painstakingly sawed each of the fret slots, and eventually got the guitar done.

I was very proud of this guitar. It wasn’t perfect, but it played well, and I showed it to a lot of friends and that’s how I got my first order. The Guitar is shown below—the top, the multi-piece back, and my first attempt at inlay—my logo: GSL guitars. I definitely went a little crazy with the design (especially for a first guitar)—the cutaway, multi piece back, wood bindings, and a bound headstock.

IMG_2357IMG_2359IMG_2360

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How My Guitar Journey Began

Posted by & filed under Guitar Journey.

I get asked quite often, how I began building guitars. It’s been an interesting journey with this year marking my 25th year, I thought it would be fun to share how I got started…

It was 1988, and I was a design engineer and project leader at Intel Corp. I had always loved playing the guitar, as well as collecting, but at that time with raising a family and working, I hadn’t touched my guitar much for a couple of years. I decided I needed to start playing the guitar again, so I bought a nice classical guitar, started taking lessons, and really enjoyed it.

After a few months, the bridge on my new classical started to lift, so I took it to a local place in Phoenix to get it fixed. Well, they messed up the job, and the guitar looked terrible. I decided that without any real experience, I could do better than that. I fixed the job they did, and started working on some old beater guitars, and started doing some simple repairs for friends. I bought every book on guitar repair that I could find, and started buying some tools, and putting a shop together in my garage.

Eventually, around early 1989, I decided to build a guitar, so I bought Bill Cumpiano and Jonathan Natleson’s book: Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology, and got started. I decided to buy some inexpensive pieces of cherry from a local hobby shop, and a piece of sitka spruce for the top. The cherry boards were 3/32” thick, 2” wide, and 24” long. I designed a guitar that would let me use these small boards. It was a small body guitar-almost travel size, with a multi-piece back (seven pieces). I put together a pipe bender, with a blowtorch for heat, and after setting my shirt on fire at one point, got the sides bent. I measured the fret spacing by hand, painstakingly sawed each of the fret slots, and eventually got the guitar done.

I was very proud of this guitar. It wasn’t perfect, but it played well, and I showed it to a lot of friends and that’s how I got my first order. The Guitar is shown below—the top, the multi-piece back, and my first attempt at inlay—my logo: GSL guitars. I definitely went a little crazy with the design (especially for a first guitar)—the cutaway, multi piece back, wood bindings, and a bound headstock.

IMG_2357IMG_2359IMG_2360

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How My Guitar Journey Began

Posted by & filed under Guitar Journey.

I get asked quite often, how I began building guitars. It’s been an interesting journey with this year marking my 25th year, I thought it would be fun to share how I got started…

It was 1988, and I was a design engineer and project leader at Intel Corp. I had always loved playing the guitar, as well as collecting, but at that time with raising a family and working, I hadn’t touched my guitar much for a couple of years. I decided I needed to start playing the guitar again, so I bought a nice classical guitar, started taking lessons, and really enjoyed it.

After a few months, the bridge on my new classical started to lift, so I took it to a local place in Phoenix to get it fixed. Well, they messed up the job, and the guitar looked terrible. I decided that without any real experience, I could do better than that. I fixed the job they did, and started working on some old beater guitars, and started doing some simple repairs for friends. I bought every book on guitar repair that I could find, and started buying some tools, and putting a shop together in my garage.

Eventually, around early 1989, I decided to build a guitar, so I bought Bill Cumpiano and Jonathan Natleson’s book: Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology, and got started. I decided to buy some inexpensive pieces of cherry from a local hobby shop, and a piece of sitka spruce for the top. The cherry boards were 3/32” thick, 2” wide, and 24” long. I designed a guitar that would let me use these small boards. It was a small body guitar-almost travel size, with a multi-piece back (seven pieces). I put together a pipe bender, with a blowtorch for heat, and after setting my shirt on fire at one point, got the sides bent. I measured the fret spacing by hand, painstakingly sawed each of the fret slots, and eventually got the guitar done.

I was very proud of this guitar. It wasn’t perfect, but it played well, and I showed it to a lot of friends and that’s how I got my first order. The Guitar is shown below—the top, the multi-piece back, and my first attempt at inlay—my logo: GSL guitars. I definitely went a little crazy with the design (especially for a first guitar)—the cutaway, multi piece back, wood bindings, and a bound headstock.

IMG_2357IMG_2359IMG_2360

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How My Guitar Journey Began

Posted by & filed under Guitar Journey.

I get asked quite often, how I began building guitars. It’s been an interesting journey with this year marking my 25th year, I thought it would be fun to share how I got started…

It was 1988, and I was a design engineer and project leader at Intel Corp. I had always loved playing the guitar, as well as collecting, but at that time with raising a family and working, I hadn’t touched my guitar much for a couple of years. I decided I needed to start playing the guitar again, so I bought a nice classical guitar, started taking lessons, and really enjoyed it.

After a few months, the bridge on my new classical started to lift, so I took it to a local place in Phoenix to get it fixed. Well, they messed up the job, and the guitar looked terrible. I decided that without any real experience, I could do better than that. I fixed the job they did, and started working on some old beater guitars, and started doing some simple repairs for friends. I bought every book on guitar repair that I could find, and started buying some tools, and putting a shop together in my garage.

Eventually, around early 1989, I decided to build a guitar, so I bought Bill Cumpiano and Jonathan Natleson’s book: Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology, and got started. I decided to buy some inexpensive pieces of cherry from a local hobby shop, and a piece of sitka spruce for the top. The cherry boards were 3/32” thick, 2” wide, and 24” long. I designed a guitar that would let me use these small boards. It was a small body guitar-almost travel size, with a multi-piece back (seven pieces). I put together a pipe bender, with a blowtorch for heat, and after setting my shirt on fire at one point, got the sides bent. I measured the fret spacing by hand, painstakingly sawed each of the fret slots, and eventually got the guitar done.

I was very proud of this guitar. It wasn’t perfect, but it played well, and I showed it to a lot of friends and that’s how I got my first order. The Guitar is shown below—the top, the multi-piece back, and my first attempt at inlay—my logo: GSL guitars. I definitely went a little crazy with the design (especially for a first guitar)—the cutaway, multi piece back, wood bindings, and a bound headstock.

IMG_2357IMG_2359IMG_2360

Custom Guitar Shop is Forward-Thinking

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Are you in the market for a new guitar? If you’re looking to upgrade, a custom guitar from California may be just the answer. At Phoenix Guitar Company, we take the time to create a beautiful looking and sounding instrument for you each time. We have the ability to experiment to create the absolute best tone and quality instrument for your needs. In this blog, we’re going to cover some ways that we continue to be forward-thinking as guitar crafters.

Custom Guitars
Our custom guitars are truly custom guitars. These guitars are customized on the company level and the customer level. Because we are a smaller shop, we are constantly innovating. We don’t have the demands or the requirements of the customers to make exactly the same guitar and model each time. We are constantly updating our thinking and our building methods. A custom guitar from Phoenix Guitar Company is truly a unique piece. We are always making adjustments to our custom guitars to get a better tone and a better quality guitar.

Customized for Each Customer
Not only do you get the overall company working toward advancement on a daily basis, but you also get input on your particular guitar. Some elements of your custom guitar may be cosmetic, while others are vital to the sound of the instrument. By combining these two principles, you can rely on the fact that you’re getting a high-quality instrument every time. There’s nothing quite like playing a guitar that you know was specifically crafted for you, not made on an assembly line in a plant. We take the time to make sure you have the best possible instrument every time.

Are you looking to invest in a custom guitar? Contact us by calling 480-239-4055 or contact us online.

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Custom Guitar Shop is Forward-Thinking

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Are you in the market for a new guitar? If you’re looking to upgrade, a custom guitar from California may be just the answer. At Phoenix Guitar Company, we take the time to create a beautiful looking and sounding instrument for you each time. We have the ability to experiment to create the absolute best tone and quality instrument for your needs. In this blog, we’re going to cover some ways that we continue to be forward-thinking as guitar crafters.

Custom Guitars
Our custom guitars are truly custom guitars. These guitars are customized on the company level and the customer level. Because we are a smaller shop, we are constantly innovating. We don’t have the demands or the requirements of the customers to make exactly the same guitar and model each time. We are constantly updating our thinking and our building methods. A custom guitar from Phoenix Guitar Company is truly a unique piece. We are always making adjustments to our custom guitars to get a better tone and a better quality guitar.

Customized for Each Customer
Not only do you get the overall company working toward advancement on a daily basis, but you also get input on your particular guitar. Some elements of your custom guitar may be cosmetic, while others are vital to the sound of the instrument. By combining these two principles, you can rely on the fact that you’re getting a high-quality instrument every time. There’s nothing quite like playing a guitar that you know was specifically crafted for you, not made on an assembly line in a plant. We take the time to make sure you have the best possible instrument every time.

Are you looking to invest in a custom guitar? Contact us by calling 480-239-4055 or contact us online.

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Custom Guitar Shop is Forward-Thinking

Posted by & filed under Custom Guitars.

Are you in the market for a new guitar? If you’re looking to upgrade, a custom guitar from California may be just the answer. At Phoenix Guitar Company, we take the time to create a beautiful looking and sounding instrument for you each time. We have the ability to experiment to create the absolute best tone and quality instrument for your needs. In this blog, we’re going to cover some ways that we continue to be forward-thinking as guitar crafters.

Custom Guitars
Our custom guitars are truly custom guitars. These guitars are customized on the company level and the customer level. Because we are a smaller shop, we are constantly innovating. We don’t have the demands or the requirements of the customers to make exactly the same guitar and model each time. We are constantly updating our thinking and our building methods. A custom guitar from Phoenix Guitar Company is truly a unique piece. We are always making adjustments to our custom guitars to get a better tone and a better quality guitar.

Customized for Each Customer
Not only do you get the overall company working toward advancement on a daily basis, but you also get input on your particular guitar. Some elements of your custom guitar may be cosmetic, while others are vital to the sound of the instrument. By combining these two principles, you can rely on the fact that you’re getting a high-quality instrument every time. There’s nothing quite like playing a guitar that you know was specifically crafted for you, not made on an assembly line in a plant. We take the time to make sure you have the best possible instrument every time.

Are you looking to invest in a custom guitar? Contact us by calling 480-239-4055 or contact us online.

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Custom Guitar Shop is Forward-Thinking

Posted by & filed under Custom Guitars.

Are you in the market for a new guitar? If you’re looking to upgrade, a custom guitar from California may be just the answer. At Phoenix Guitar Company, we take the time to create a beautiful looking and sounding instrument for you each time. We have the ability to experiment to create the absolute best tone and quality instrument for your needs. In this blog, we’re going to cover some ways that we continue to be forward-thinking as guitar crafters.

Custom Guitars
Our custom guitars are truly custom guitars. These guitars are customized on the company level and the customer level. Because we are a smaller shop, we are constantly innovating. We don’t have the demands or the requirements of the customers to make exactly the same guitar and model each time. We are constantly updating our thinking and our building methods. A custom guitar from Phoenix Guitar Company is truly a unique piece. We are always making adjustments to our custom guitars to get a better tone and a better quality guitar.

Customized for Each Customer
Not only do you get the overall company working toward advancement on a daily basis, but you also get input on your particular guitar. Some elements of your custom guitar may be cosmetic, while others are vital to the sound of the instrument. By combining these two principles, you can rely on the fact that you’re getting a high-quality instrument every time. There’s nothing quite like playing a guitar that you know was specifically crafted for you, not made on an assembly line in a plant. We take the time to make sure you have the best possible instrument every time.

Are you looking to invest in a custom guitar? Contact us by calling 480-239-4055 or contact us online.

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The Gift of a Custom Guitar

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The holidays are right around the corner. Do you have a guitar enthusiast on your list? At Phoenix Guitar Company, we can’t think of a more perfect present than a brand-new guitar. If you’re local to California, a custom guitar can be previewed in our shop by you. If you’re not local, don’t fret. We can still work closely with you to create the perfect instrument for your loved one. This year, give your guitar enthusiast a gift they’ll love.

 Guitar Playing Passion

Those who are truly passionate about playing the guitar will tell you there’s nothing that compares to the experience. People can feel connected to their guitar and the music they produce. Maybe you have a sibling, parent, spouse or friend that feels this way about this instrument. Those with a fine appreciation for guitars deserve a quality instrument to play.

Many Guitar Types

We have a variety of guitar and guitar inlays to choose from. No matter if the recipient of this gift plays an archtop guitar, steel string guitar or nylon string/classical guitar, we have a model to suit them. Furthermore, we like to work hand-in-hand with our customers. There are many customizable options along the way, including wood inlays, and any other requests.

Give the Gift of Music

Around the holidays, there’s no greater feeling than giving the perfect gift. If the guitar lover on your list deserves to be spoiled this holiday season, give them the gift of music. Our guitars are hand-crafted with only the finest materials. They’re also crafted with an extreme attention to detail. When you buy one of our guitars, you know you’re getting a quality instrument.

Looking to order a high-quality custom guitar for a loved one for the holidays? Order today by calling 480-239-4055 or contact us online.

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