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Talking Shop: Bartlett Guitars

Tom Bartlett’s Retrospec model is the result of an intense obsession with the Les Paul legend, and a penchant for doing things the old way

“I did it the hard way”: Chris Kroenlein of K-Line Guitars on learning to build by trial and error

Meet the head honcho of K-Line, a small company that does it all so right and knows how to deliver where it counts.

How Josh Scott built JHS Pedals from the ground up: “It’s a total accident that was incredibly hard to do”

While working as a gigging guitarist throughout the southeastern United States, Josh Scott’s love for the guitar bloomed into a talent for electronics and design that he barely knew he possessed.

“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.

“Back in 2000 to 2005, what we would call a boutique pedal was different”: Pedal maker Brian Wampler on the ‘B-word’

Brian Wampler made the transition from garage workbench to custom manufacturing some time ago, and the artists lining up to declare their allegiance have helped make his effects mainstays of the market.

“There’s nothing wrong with finding an old church pew and making an instrument out of it”: Rick Kelly of Carmine Street Guitars

Rick Kelly’s guitars aren’t just made in New York – they’re built using the very fabric of the city.

“If you’re building guitars you’d want for yourself, you’re more passionate about it”: guitar maker Don Grosh

Riding skateboards and modding BMX bikes in SoCal in the 1970s, Don Grosh grew up in the shadow of some of the world’s biggest guitar manufacturers, but the key for this respected builder lies in keeping it small.

“I have an idea in my head, and I don’t see any reason I can’t accomplish it”: Dave Friedman talks motivation and sound

After three decades as an amplifier guru to the stars, Dave Friedman knows a thing or two about classic British rock tone and claims there’s plenty of life left in the 100-watt amplifier head.

“It felt like hot-rodding cars to me”: Robert Keeley on his career switch from engineering professor to star pedal maker

Some stars of the gear world have made a name for themselves by discerning a gap in the market and driving hard into it. For Robert Keeley, however, it was a love of audio electronics luring him toward the thing he was called to do – and finding he belonged there all along.

Talking Shop: Doug Kauer on automation and alternative tonewoods

In an industry that celebrates hand-built everything, it’s refreshing to hear a guitar maker openly declare that certain forms of automation just create better guitars. Doug Kauer celebrates the power of machines, while still valuing the creativity of human hands.
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