Luthiers

Kim Breedlove began building banjos in the 1960s, during the Folk Music movement and the popularity of such performers as Pete Seeger. After working with his brother for a few months he moved to the east coast while his brother moved to Oregon to form Breedlove Guitars. As Kim moved to Oregon, his...
Larry Breedlove is the founder of Breedlove Guitars, although his brother Kim runs the company now.  Larry fell in love shortly after opening the Oregon-based guitar company and moved to his native San Diego to be close to his sweetheart.  It was in San Diego that Larry reconnected with his dear...
Roger Bucknall is an instrument maker who formed Fylde Guitars, which is located in Penrith, England, not so far from the Scottish border. Roger’s long and well regarded career as a guitar builder began as a teenager, although he actually made his first guitar when he was just nine years old. Roger...
Merv Cargill is the owner of Cargill Custom Guitars. After completing an apprenticeship in violin making learning the finer details of building wooden instruments and becoming a qualified luthier, Merv made the old Australian brand of ‘Pacific’ guitars until he turned his hand to his own custom...
John Carruthers has established himself as a leading expert on guitars and amplifiers as a designer, builder and repairman. Working along side Leo Fender at Music Man, John helped improve the quality of the product line and years later helped establish a series of instruments for Yamaha including...
Paul Chandler discovered a specialized market within the music industry as a result of being a rock and roll performer and loving vintage guitars. Over the years, Paul found that he had to replace vintage-style pickguards due to the composition of the materials used back in the 1930s and 40s. As a...
Wayne Charvel is the electric guitar designer and luthier who placed colorful and innovative instruments in the hands of heavy rockers in the 1980s and 90s--ushering in a new era of music and a new era for electric guitar sales. Wayne started making guitars in his Azusa, California, home before...
Keith Chen joined the Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong as guitar salesman.  The large store had a small guitar department when Keith first joined the company and he has taken great pride in watching the department grow and develop.  During that time he also served in several areas within the...
Harvey Citron is one of the industry’s best-known and respected guitar luithers. Since a young age he has played the guitar and always seemed to have the ideas of changing the instrument to create unique sounds. He has designed some of the most innovative guitars of his time, such as those...
Bill Collings' passion for guitars may have started on his father’s workbench when as a boy he tinkered with woods and making things. His father’s background in engineering was also an influence and before too long Bill made up his mind that he wanted to build guitars. Unlike many luthiers, Bill...

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