My first guitar was when I was about 10 years old – it was a rental – and it was one of “those” guitars that the strings stood up about an inch above the fingerboard. Needless to say I didn’t last long.
When I was in Jr. High (before they called it middle school) I had a paper route and with the tips I earned at Christmas I purchased a Kay acoustic guitar. I was elated. My sister’s boyfriend (at the time) showed me a few chords and I was on my way. I remember buying a book on how to build a guitar sometime during those Jr. High and High School years – and strange as it seems – I found the book a few years ago and sold it at a garage sale thinking the guitar build dream was something that would never happen.
Well – I’m in my 50s now and have played in bands or as a solo artist most of my life. Many of those years I also was involved in many different church worship teams. I was involved in what would now be called a contemporary worship service way back in the early 70s.
In 2006 I stumbled on the Acoustic Guitar Forum and my life was forever changed by a thread I started asking if anyone offered a short-term guitar building experience. The same day I got a message from Kevin Gallagher of Omega Guitars. It took almost two years – but in May of 2008, my son and I went to Saylorsburg, PA and spent a week with Kevin building two acoustic guitars. Kevin was very affirming in letting us know that he thought we had a natural comfort with building and showed great skill and patience (a big requirement in being a good builder).
This experience has forever changed my life. My son and I came home and began turning our dream into a reality. Our shop has been set up, and specialty tools have been purchased . Through the support of a wonderful community of guitar builders on the internet – we have started building guitars and are discovering that this will be a life-long learning experience… and along the way we get to make music.