Dave Hunter

Shop Talk: Ron Westwood of Cutthroat Audio on vintage amps, quality cables and why “more dollars isn’t necessarily more tone”

It might seem unlikely that a brand could forge a sterling reputation so swiftly on the back of just one under-appreciated classic. Yet Ron Westwood has a background in the fine points of next-level sound quality that has helped him hone the craft quickly.

“You have to make a product people don’t know they need yet”: John Woodland, guitar designer and Mastery Bridge founder

There’s a lot more to this present-day pioneer than bridge and vibrato manufacturing. From probing C.F. Martin’s long-lost document archives to pondering the ethics of modern-day product design, the Minneapolis-based maker proves a real all-rounder.
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