sound quality and playability are incredibly important to
my creations and the unique aged woods that I use and the
way I design and construct them all come together to make
a handmade instrument of the highest caliber for the
professional who relies on that for their music.
I choose all of the wood and do all the design,
construction, fretting, carving, inlay work and finishing
on my guitars so you have an instrument who's fit and
finish has been seen from beginning to end by myself and
not sent down some assembly line with untold numbers of
people working on it resulting in a questionable
I have some techinques, ideas and secrets that I
incorporate into my instruments which may not be apparent
and that others in the field are not doing.
I have several models of guitars and mandolins of my own
design that play and sound awesome which you can custom
configure to your needs and taste, or I can make an
instrument off of your design.
Some guitars that I have already built and are available
will be listed on this site for purchase if you don't
want to wait for one to be made to your specs.
If you need a body or a neck made (my necks have been
mistaken for high-end manufactured brands), want an
instrument refinished, repaired or to have inlay work
done I'd be happy to discuss it with you. I am also quite
skilled at repairing those old and super valuable vintage
instruments that most people are afraid to touch. I have
taken many a blown-out guitar, restored it and made it
sound and play better than it ever did.
Let me make you an instrument that will sound and record
exceptional, last beyond your lifetime and become more
valuable as the years go by...it's the handmade
been around music all my life. My family is full of
musicians. Our great grandmother played everything from
piano to stringed instruments. My mother has been a
singer most of her life and my father was a harmonica
player. Louie, my oldest brother played the Sax as did my
third oldest brother, Jim, who played in the army band
and professionally in studios and opened for big name
acts. Fred, my second oldest brother is a great jazz
guitar player performing in the West Michigan area
professionally. My youngest brother, Tom, plays bass
guitar and is a teacher like my oldest sister, Rita who
was a dancer.
My interest in stringed instruments started back in the
70's when I saw a potatoback mandolin that my friend
found in his attic. After trading him 2 Eisenhower
dollars for it my brother Fred had a music store fix it
and I learned how to play. Along the way I would take
apart instruments to see how they were built and began
inlaying them in high school.
Muggs McGuiness was a vintage instrument store owner who
moved here from Tennessee, he fed my habit for
instruments and gave me good advice on the repairs that I
would do on mandolins.
Since I had been singing all my life I found that playing
the guitar was a great accompaniment instrument for me
and began working with guitars after high school and have
continued that until today (hear me sing and play on my
Soon after this I started making my own mandolins (over
20 years ago) and continued to refine my own designs and
experiment with strange combinations. This brought
everything together for me as a perfect artistic
statement where I could make and decorate the instruments
that I made my music with.
During the 90's I began to create my guitar designs and
put together my own small woodworking shop. At this time
I had been working in a furniture shop as a restoration
specialist and finisher since the mid 80's. Before that I
worked as a sample and pattern maker in various furniture
factories. Even before that I was hired to do artwork and
repair work on furniture. And all along the way I applied
what I learned to the instruments that I would make on my
own at night.
Several years ago I decided to start building a guitar
business and offer my work to anyone looking for a unique
and exceptional sounding instrument.
Over the years I've owned, adjusted, repaired and
refinished hundreds of vintage and modern factory guitars
of all brands, shapes and sizes. This sort of real world
knowledge that you can't get from taking a class is
invaluable and goes into all the work I do on
Guitars records and plays songs written by Bill and John.
There is a full length CD available for purchase on this
site and through most online stores.
We mainly play gigs in the West Michigan area from time
to time at local bars, showcases, parties, weddings, etc.
For some of these gigs we mix in a bunch of oldies and
classic rock songs to go along with our originals.
We also use DeGennaro instruments so if you catch us live
it's a good chance to see, hear and even test out what we