About Me

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As a boy my father instilled in me the values of honesty and integrity, he told me “when theres no tool make one, wheres theres a problem solve it and most of all do work you can be proud of.” My journey to repair and concert guitar restoration started while in grad school at SMU. I had always experimented with my own instruments electric and acoustic trying to fine tune them maximizing tone and playability. What finally lead me down the path as a luthier repairman was the frustration of not being able to find someone locally who could repair and adjust my guitars to the accuracy and specificity that a concert level guitarist needed. As a graduate student I had the time and freedom to devote to learning the craft so I took it upon my self to do so. After many months reading the standard repair/luthier books and watching countless video tutorials I took to repairing inexpensive guitars that I would break then re-repair in a loop to refine my skills. Once I became competent in the work I was doing and felt confident enough I took my own concert guitars and practiced on them, takes nerves of steel and confidence to strip the finish off and take a hammer to a $7k instrument. I am a life long learner always striving for accuracy and masterful historical restorations.

Gabriel De Hoyos M.M.

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May 2011

This is where it all started in the kitchen of my grad school apartment. My father and I made that oak workbench together and it served me well for many years. I gave it to a luthier friend of mine and I know its serving him well. In the picture I was reshaping the neck profile and refreshing the shellac.

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June, 2014

Constantly seeking to better myself some years into my luthier journey I sought some formal training. A luthier friend and I attended a guitar building course thought by Robbie O'Brien. We started with a stack of Rosewood, Spruce and Mahogany lumber and finished with and instrument one could be proud of. This photo was taken at the end of a grueling week of building at his shop in Parker CO.

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Present

As my skill set improved so did the demand for proper quality tools so for many christmases and birthdays I gave my family a list of tools they could chose from and gift me. Later I converted the second bedroom into my shop and packed it full with work benches, tools, tone wood and dust collection. That humble bedroom shop is where I learned my craft, the limited space and noise confinements forced me to master using traditional hand tools like chisels, rasps and hand planes. I know have a purpose built humidity controlled shop with walls filled with closed cell foam and radiant barrier in the ceiling. My studio doubles as my recording studio where I shoot my Behind The Strings Series videos which pairs fine musicians with bespoke guitars. .