Welcome to Dantzig Guitars. Please have a look around as I share some of my stories and guitar building philosophy.
I’ve always been fascinated by stuff that comes apart—toys, telephones, televisions, motorcycles, cars and guitars. I used my father’s tools to dismantle almost everything in my parents’ home—to varied success. Then I graduated to building things. It’s in my nature and in my blood. I don’t do this for money or fake fame; I do it because it’s who I am. I’ve been lucky to have been able to support myself doing the things I love. It hasn’t been easy, but if it were, it wouldn’t be worth doing.
A Little About My Career
When I’ve held jobs, they’ve almost always been making or fixing things—factory jobs, chopper parts shops, machine shop and technician jobs. I’ve been employed by Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Ovation and was a founding partner of Hamer Guitars. My designs have won eight Editor’s Pick awards from Guitar Player Magazine—with one achieving a “perfect” score in every category. Awards are nice—mine are in a box somewhere.
A Few of My Clients
I’ve designed instruments for Gary Moore, Billy Gibbons, Rick Nielsen, John Lennon, George Harrison, Sting, Keb’ Mo’, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, Lyle Workman, Jeff Ament, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Martin Barre, Johnny Ramone, Tom Peterson, Elliot Easton, Brad Gillis, Roy Buchannan, Jeff Watson, Glen Campbell, James Honeyman Scott, John Abercrombie, Andy Summers, Larry Coreyell, Jeff Tweedy, Steve Stevens—and more than I can remember right now. A lot of these artists have become lifelong friends which is really the best part.
My consulting business allows me to put my vast experience to good use, helping other builders and companies large and small achieve their goals. Some of my clients include Mesa Boogie, Jim Dunlop, Nady Systems, Gibson Guitars, Yamaha and Takamine just to name a few.
My musical credits include a short list of crappy regional bands as well as playing and/or recording with people I had no business sharing the stage with like Wilson Pickett, Sam Lay, Freddie Scott, Jon Tiven, Shaw-Blades, Jim Carroll and Frank Black. My compositions have been featured in films and on television, and I am a published author on the art and science of guitars and their construction. I like dogs and cats. I am a semi-retired race car driver who always drives the speed limit. Almost always.
Despite all I’ve done so far, I still feel I’m doing my best work right now.
If you desire one of my Signature Series or “Team Built” instruments please contact me directly, I’d love to discuss a project with you.