Anything concerning building, tuning, theory of construction. Specialist in finishing (40 years' experience); extensive knowledge of Rickenbacker instruments of all vintages. Rickenbacker factory connection on personal level; ONLY licensed Rickenbacker luthier in the world.
Extensive. I build and restore electric and acoustic guitars (steel string and nylon classicals). I build all of Rickenbacker's acoustic instruments in my own shops in San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA. I write two online columns with a total of over 15,000 posts since January, 2005. Google my name or my screen name, "jingle_jangle".
American Guild of Luthiers.
Mostly automotive and hobby (in the past).
Manage the University Department workshops(Industrial Design) in SF, also have taught and written design and fabrication classes for almost a decade. Have produced online classes, written curricula, syllabi, etc. Run an online forum for my students (500 in number).
Awards won for product, vehicle, and preschool toy design in the past.
Rickenbacker International Corporation, Waterstone Guitars LLC, many Fortune 500 companies before I worked in guitars (I ran a design studio for 22 years). I have hundreds of individual--private party--customers.
It allows me to use virtually everything I have learned in my 40-year career in design and fabrication, from the physical and aesthetic design of beautiful musical instruments, to the challenge of constructing new projects in order to see results and "push the envelope".
Learn new technologies as they arrive, and continue to refine my skills and tax my patience.
It's easier than you might think, but a lot harder than it looks, at first glance!
A great looking guitar may not be the best-sounding guitar, and vice-versa. The challenge is in accommodating both utility and aesthetics in the same instrument. A good deal of this is the luck of the draw with regard to the specific pieces of wood chosen and the way they're put together.
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