Saturday Shoutout / Who’s on the Bench?

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Pardon my digression, but today is all about guitars.

I’m not going to make a habit of this but today I’m going to share something both personal and off topic. Some of you may already know that I’m into guitars. I started playing about ten years ago after a table saw accident and a major reconstruction of my left thumb. My insurance wouldn’t pay for physical therapy and two years after the surgery I still couldn’t twist the cap off a soda bottle. I bought a guitar for $5 at a yard sale, just to exercise my thumb and it worked. My thumb recuperated but it has cost way more than physical therapy in the long run.

Anyway, about a year ago I started building guitars. I’ve wanted to do it my whole life and with the help of YouTube I just jumped in. My first guitar turned out pretty good. My second was nice enough that I thought I should buy a case for it, so I took it to the guitar shop and left with an order for a custom job. I decided that if I was going to sell guitars, I should get some proper education, so I went to luthier school.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I learned almost everything I know from watching Ben Crowe, of Crimson Guitars, on YouTube. Crimson has a school in Dorset, England and the classes are pretty reasonable so I signed up. I’m just back from the class and I learned a ton and made a pretty cool guitar. If you know Crimson Guitars, you know they have a robust YouTube channel and even week Ben does a video called “What’s on the Bench.” He always stops by the school and talks to the students, so I got to be in two episodes. If you are interested, check out the two videos below. If you are into guitars, check out the other videos from Crimson Guitars. They are by far the best on YouTube.

If you just want to see my bits (Mom) I show up at 14:25 in the first video and 34:35 in the second.

If you’d like to see the progress shots and some of my other guitars check out @thetelecasterdiaries on Instagram. Final finish is going on now and I’ll have finished photos up soon.

Thanks for indulging me, and enjoy “What’s on the Bench.”

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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3 thoughts on “Saturday Shoutout / Who’s on the Bench?

  1. The Mark Agnesi shirt…please do keep sharing the guitar stuff. I can see myself creeping down this building hole as well! Looking like a fantastic build…

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