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Carter E. Ruff

Carter E. Ruff

I was the kid who took all his toys apart.  It was never enough for me just to play guitars. I wanted to make them.  In my senior year of college, when staring down the barrel of a BA in English, I realized I did not want to go through the rest of my life in a necktie.

I have always been fascinated by the way different elements can come together to make a new whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  I love to take the materials that make up a guitar and work to find the individual best qualities in each piece, work the wood to bring those to the fore, and then get them to work within the framework of the whole instrument: bringing the wood born in nature into the man-made design and function of a musical instrument.

The instruments I build have a strong component of history to them, but also reflect the knowledge that comes from years of doing repair:  I get to see a lot of instruments, learn which design ideas work and which don’t, as well as form ideas of my own based on what I have learned.

I believe my instruments have a clear, powerful sound, and are made in a way that with the reasonable care, they will long outlive me.

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