John W. Smith


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Owner, Luthier
Company Name
Keller Strings

John W. Smith was playing orchestral guitar music when he thought it might be fun to begin playing the cello. He walked into his local string shop, Keller Strings in Kansas and …. met his future wife, Paula. Paula’s father, Frank, started the store as a repair shop where John was able to learn repairs firsthand from Frank. The store has since moved to New Orleans, where John can be found in the back repair shop doing what he loves.