Whipple Creek Guitars
My personal philosophy of building, and life in general, in reply to my question put to my first real employer, an old, well respected carpenter almost 40 years ago.
"Whatever it takes."
I have been very fortunate to see, repair, and take detailed measurements of some of the most sought after pre war vintage Martins, Gibsons, Larson Brothers and more. I have 18 different models to choose from. Call me, I would love to hear from you. I can make it happen.
I love this quote so much I wrote it on the edge of a shelf of hand tools in my shop. It is there to remind me not to get too full of myself and to learn from my mistakes. I simply strive to pull out the best I possibly can from the materials and tools I employ, always experimenting, analyzing, and re-evaluating both my work and the details of specifications I've acquired of vintage instruments. I'm using the best of my abilities to create a guitar that is both pleasing to the ear and a joy to play.
I started many years ago as a carpenter building homes, making cabinetry, furniture and finish work. As a guitar player, and as some people do, I toyed with repair and setup of my own instruments and those of a few willing friends. Then came the fateful day I lost two fingertips of my left hand. I knew instantly I would never play as I did before. It was a year before I had the emotional courage to try to play again, this time as a left handed player. I like to joke I can now play left and right handed with equal mediocrity. Left handed guitars were few and far between at the time and I finally found one I could live with. I began to think, I could build better than the one I had. I ran into another builder, spent time with him, and realized I could be pretty good at guitar building. A few years and several guitars later I had the good fortune to meet Robert Bowlin, a phenomenal musician, with an incredible resume', who was impressed enough that he not only ordered a build, but did an article on me in Flatpicking Guitar magazine. And as they say, the rest is history. I've been building and repairing approaching 20 years now.
I'm a one man operation preferring to work in the solitude of my country home nestled up to the beautiful Shawnee Hills near Wolf Lake Il. I do all kinds of repairs and will do classes on any phase of building and repair. Visitors are alway welcome, and I have guitars for sale and to test drive, but please call before your visit. I can be reached at 618-559-2317, though you will most likely have to leave a message.