For about 14 years, Jeff Bamburg has built custom guitars. About a year ago he opened his brick-and-mortar store, Rocky Mountain Guitar Co., in Salida. There he teaches others the ins and outs of the lutherie field with guitar building workshops. Classes include a “Ready to Assemble Guitar Building Class” for the first-time builder, and a “Contemporary Steel String Guitar Building Class” for those who want a more individualized end product. Take a twoweek intensive course or weekly sessions to complete your project. Once you’re done, Bamburg can apply the finish and send the completed guitar to you, or you can do the finishing yourself. Costs range from $2,900 to $3,900 and include all materials.
If building your own guitar doesn’t interest you, commission Bamburg to do it for you. He’ll customize your guitar to fit your size and playing style. He analogizes: “Just like you’d buy a suit and have it tailored.” For more information, call 719-221-4262 or visit rockymtnguitar.com or bamburgguitars.com.