From an early age, I wanted to build and modify custom guitars and basses. When I was 13 years old, I brought my store-bought bass to a music shop for repairs. When I returned to pick up the instrument, the shop owner wanted three times the price he originally quoted. He had done more to the bass than I had asked. Although the work was done well, he hadn't checked with me first. Upon returning to the car to ask mom for more money, she warned, "This is the last time I am going to fund your little hobby."
As fate would have it, after returning to the shop with the extra cash, I noticed a book on guitar repair. I bought it, took my bass, and from that day on determined to work on my own instruments. With the exception of that book, a wood shop class and the engineering knowledge my father passed on to me, I am entirely self taught in what I do.
Through perseverance and a great deal of patience, I have been able to turn what was once a hobby into my life's work. I love what I do. I enjoy every aspect of building custom instruments, from wood selection to applying the finish. I am driven to exceed the high expectations of my customers, and look forward to the euphoria of final setup and hearing the first notes from each completed instrument. I believe the most important aspect of building a custom guitar or bass is the wood.
There is no other single element that will affect that all-important tone more than the careful selection of the perfect woods. During construction, I turn my attention to every detail that goes into the playability and appearance of the guitar — because if it looks and feels great, as well as sounding great, then you are going to be that much more in love with it. Please view my guitar and bass models to see what's available to you. While some designs are based on production instruments that have set a standard for looks, playability and tone, others are of my own design.
If you'd like something different from what you see, please contact me and we can design and build something totally unique. In any case, I pledge to deliver not only what you need, but also more than you expect.
Thanks for visiting - Pavel