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PAF Archaeology: Digging up the History of Classic Humbucker Tone

Originally Published in our “American Guitars II” Issue By Dave Stephens You see these see 3 letters, “P-A-F,” put together in the context of guitar pickups, and you automatically think “humbucker.” Well, what does that actually mean? Gibson’s first humbuckers went into production without a finalized approved Patent number, so to protect their design in…

“The Next One’s the Best One” An interview with John Monteleone

By Stuart Day The Galloup School of Lutherie is where I found myself as a student in 2006.  Two log cabins in the woods, far from the town of Big Rapids, Michigan, is where I and seven other wannabe guitar makers stayed as we studied.  There was no television, no radio, no Internet and hardly…

Roger Sadowsky: Repairman, Innovater & Master Luthier

By Antoine Gedroyc Accomplished musician, Roger Sadowsky started playing the guitar in his junior year in college—learning fingerpicking and jamming Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot songs. In 1972, he was halfway through a PhD in psychobiology—studying animal behavior (I’m sure that helped him understanding musicians’ behavior)—right when President Richard Nixon was cutting funding to the…

Leo Guitars Luthiers Choice

By Steve Rider ​Darko Milojevic is the craftsman and the creative mind behind Leo Guitars, a boutique guitar company based in Germany. He has a reputation as a master luthier and an experienced vintage guitar expert. He has an ability to capture vintage guitar tones by sticking to old school equipment, methods, and crafting technique.…

Joe Knaggs Talks Signature Doug Rappoport Guitar

Since Leaving PRS and starting Knaggs Guitars in 2009, Joe Knaggs has taken the guitar building world by storm. He hit the ground running with an impressive line of Handbuilt instruments representing everything from single cuts to S-types, T-types, semi-hollow guitars with his own proprietary bridge and of course, stunning tops. But Joe is just…

Michihiro Matsuda: Master of the Blade

By Michael Watts It is no exaggeration to describe Michihiro “Michi” Matsuda as an icon of the modern acoustic guitar scene. His sense of line and form is groundbreaking, bold and instantly recognizable. Indeed, Matsuda’s work has proved hugely inspirational to a large number of the new generation of luthiers with many of his visual…

Claudio Pagelli- Non-Traditional Lutherie

 By Jessie Ian Hopkins It takes guts to follow your passion—your calling—or whatever you want to label that which, in your heart of hearts, you know you must do with your life. It takes, even more, to do it on your own and especially when your vocation doesn’t fall neatly within traditional parameters. It is,…