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Custom Shop: Swope Guitars

Custom Shop: Swope Guitars

In this month’s “Custom Shop” column, Jake Serek goes behind the scenes on Chris Swope’s life and work. Chris started out as an apprentice at Mass Street Music before working with Roger Sadowsky, then on to his own shop, Swope Guitars.

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Custom Shop: Abernethy Guitars

Custom Shop: Abernethy Guitars

For this month’s “Custom Shop” column, Jake Serek takes a look into the work of Justin Abernethy of Abernethy Guitars. Justin has had an interesting career, to say the least.

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars

Custom Shop: L.e.H. Guitars

Jake Serek is back with a new “Custom Shop” column. In this edition, Jake takes a look into the work of L. Ellis Hahn, the creator of L.e.H. Guitars, who has taken the familiar offset body design to whole new heights.

Custom Shop: Pete Hilton of Hilton Guitars

Custom Shop: Pete Hilton of Hilton Guitars

We’re thrilled to announce our long-running “Custom Shop” column is being taken over by Jake Serek of Serek Basses. For Jake’s first entry, he takes a look at the work of Pete Hilton and Hilton Guitars.

Custom Shop: Serek Basses

Custom Shop: Serek Basses

In this edition of “Custom Shop,” we chat with Jake Serek of Serek Basses on his musical start, his ideas on bass design, the importance of trying to be a little better every day, and more.

Custom Shop: Fuzzrocious Pedals

Custom Shop: Fuzzrocious Pedals

One of the best feelings in the world is being able to share your passion with other people. It’s even more special when you can share that passion with your family, which is part of the magic behind Fuzzrocious Pedals. The New Jersey-based effects company is run by the Ratajski (pronounced “ruh-tie-skee”) family. The husband and wife team of Ryan...

Custom Shop: SVS Designs

Custom Shop: SVS Designs

Many basses tend to have similar body shapes, but that’s not the case with SVS Designs. Each bass is drawn from the imagination of its owner and tweaked for real life use by luthier Shawn Shannon. With a background in extreme metal, it’s no surprise that the basses carry a certain extreme quality in their designs, although each bass is...

Custom Shop: Roks Instruments

Custom Shop: Roks Instruments

Earlier this year we featured the Roks Instruments Futura bass as a bass of the week. It garnered so much interest that we decided to get the inside scoop on the company with luthier Axel Roks. Based in the Netherlands, Roks describes his basses as “tools for musicians created in the twilight zone between craftsmanship and artistry.” One look at...

Custom Shop: Tuli Basses

Custom Shop: Tuli Basses

Every instrument of distinction starts with a vision, but passion and commitment are the factors that make it a reality. That perfect storm has come together with Finland’s Tuli Basses, a fresh boutique bass company aimed at quality over quantity. The man with the vision is luthier Aron Bach. A lifelong bassist, the American-born bass builder cut his teeth as...

Custom Shop: Nordstrand Guitars

Custom Shop: Nordstrand Guitars

Following your dreams isn’t always an easy path, but it’s an honest and rewarding one. It’s also one that Carey Nordstrand has followed to create his bass business. After finding his passion for bass, Carey took opportunities to get into the business and expand his knowledge. His bass company, Nordstrand Guitars, has grown from a one-man shop to a group...