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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t talk to Phil Jamison about the supposed magical ‘eras’ of Matchless amplifiers, thank you very much. They have all been great, and there’s evidence the California maker is building them better than ever.