After graduating from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, I was hired by Greg Golden, owner of Bizarre Guitar in Reno Nevada, and functioned as Bizarre’s luthier for eight years. Greg is a collector of vintage acoustic and electric guitars, and most all of the vintage instruments acquired while at Bizarre came across my workbench for repairs and adjustments. A great deal was learned as to what makes the good ones good and others not so good.
There are processes that I have arrived at that produce “the good ones”. Volume, balance and rich tone now come with consistent predictability. I recall my early days as a builder and successfully completing a couple of pretty decent “looking” guitars. I thought I could profess myself a luthier!
Indeed I did view my “skills” at the time with a somewhat hubris attitude. Well, that mind set was squashed rather quickly and I settled into the real world of being a student of the craft.
Consistency is a by-product of over 30 years of obsession and experience. The trials, the errors, the failures and redo’s are among the finest tools a luthier can acquire.
Your Branzell Guitar will be built with over three decades of experience, commitment and some “earned hubris”.