I began building guitars in 1986 after having the extraordinary luck of meeting Phil Kubicki. Phil had worked in the research and development department of Fender guitars for twenty years before venturing out on his own. He is the designer of the internationally known Factor bass. Phil is also well known for having built George Harrison’s rosewood Telecaster. This guitar can be seen being played in the last Beatle’s performance on the rooftop of the Apple building. I am forever indebted to Phil for his tutelage and patience for what must have seemed a never-ending barrage of questions. Phil’s meticulous work habits and eye for design continue to be an inspiration to me. Before his passing in 2013, Phil asked me to take over the repair and restoration for Factor Bass. Visit the Kubicki website here: www.kubicki.com
After returning home to the Reading area in 1995, I visited the Martin Guitar factory and met Frank Finocchio. Frank is an exceptional luthier and is now an instructor in the art of guitar building. In early 2007, I began working for Frank doing repairs. He has proven to be a storehouse of information. The opportunity to work for Frank was one that I could not pass up. His guidance and friendship has been the foundation of my career as a luthier.
I currently build three to four guitars a year, when my wife, 15 year old son and repair work allow. It is without a doubt my passion. A custom built instrument is a collaboration between you and a luthier. I build guitars one at a time, according to what the customer wants. Your dream guitar is the guitar I want to build. To build a guitar that is aesthetically pleasing, a joy to play and hear is my continuing goal. A quality guitar is the perfect blend of art and engineering.
Repair continues to be what pays the mortgage. I have been in the business for twenty years and it has been my full time occupation since 2003. I specialize in re-frets as this, in my opinion, is the most important factor in the playability of an instrument. Unfortunately, poor fret work seems to be a major problem with many instruments regardless of price. Of course acoustic and electric setups remain a staple, as well as structural repairs and electronic modifications.
I have been doing guitar and bass repair for George’s Music in Spring City for the last 10 years, and they will be happy to give you a recommendation. See George’s Music for all your retail needs. www.georgesmusic.com