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SHOWCASE Builder
Woody Guthrie once lived, and it embraced
the arts and artists. My guitars gained
popularity locally and I eventually had orders
coming in with a frequency to where I stopped
teaching and built full-time.
Early on, how many models did you offer?

My first was one I began to develop at Guitar
Research and Design - a Martin copy. Then, I
expanded to dreadnoughts and cutaways and
offered abalone trim and custom inlay work.
How did your offerings expand?

I did some print advertising that helped
spread the word, in combination with the
attention of players. But, the numbers really
began to grow in '83, after I became involved
with the National Fingerpicking and Flat
Picking Championship, in Winfield, Kansas.
I was invited to display at the festival and
have my guitars in the line of prizes for the
championship. Winfield has always drawn
talent from all over the world, as well as fans
who enjoy the performances. It exposed my
instruments to thousands of folks. Plus, I
was able to reconnect with Charles Sawtelle
and spend time with other builders including Richard Hoover, Charles Hoffman, Don
Gallagher, Mike Longworth, Mike Kemnitzer,
and more.
By the mid '80s, Hot Rize had become

	

very popular, and
Charles liked what
I was striving for
- trying to get my
guitars to sound like
instruments from
t h e 19 3 0 s . I n
'84, I moved to
Oregon, a nd
over the next
couple years
Charles
made s e veral trips to
visit with his
'37 D-28, '29
000-45, and
'36 D -18 . I
carefully studied
those guitars and
came away with (LEFT TO RIGHT) Deluxe Brazilian Dreadnought. The Thompson 12-fret 000 Deluxe.
design ideas that
led to introducing my first 12-fret 000 copies, to his '37 D-28. He took it to Winfield and
my OM models, and my 12-fret dreadnoughts. showed it to Peter Rowan, who then bought
Shortly before Winfield in 1986, Charles an Adirondack-top 12-fret 000 from me with
bought one of my Brazilian rosewood 42-style trim and appointments. Peter plays
dreadnoughts dressed in the tradition of a it to this day.
What sets your guitars apart?
Style-42 Martin. The specs and neck width
I make guitars most players thought they
and profile were built to be as close as possible

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