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Tim Reede

Tim Reede Custom Guitars
Guitar Making

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Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States

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Guitar and bass players of all styles.

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As a child in the sixties I remember hearing guitar music that opened a whole new dimension of expression. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This attraction has led me to work with music for much of my life. In junior high school I helped the school orchestra, and in high school I worked with a mobile sound system that traveled to small towns for schools dances. With money earned, I bought a used guitar. As I grew older I worked as a DJ for a radio station and a college nightclub. In 1986 I went to school at the Recording Workshop in Ohio and studied sound engineering. When I moved to Minneapolis I worked as a music buyer for a record store called The Electric Fetus. I formed a band in 1988 and in the following years we released three recordings on a local label. I then began modifying guitars for myself and others, trying to make guitars play and sound better. In 1993 I studied woodworking at Minnesota State College Minneapolis Technical earning many academic awards and graduating at the top of the class. I have worked professionally as a woodworker for over seventeen years. During that time my work has appeared in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Builder magazine, on the cover of Midwest Home magazine, The Minneapolis Tribune, in the luxury magazine Marq, Guitarmaker Magazine, and on the TV show "Home Time". In 2003 I enrolled at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical to study musical stringed instrument repair and construction. I graduated with highest honors. Guitar making seems to be what my life has been pointing towards all along. My mother is an artist and my father is a retired science professor. This right brain and left brain upbringing is very useful in building a guitar. I pay a great deal of attention to how small changes made to the design of an instrument affect the final voice. And it is also important that the guitar be an object of beauty. My mission is to create instruments that are beautiful, have superior sound quality and are a joy to play. I accomplish this by using time honored materials and methods that have proven to be worthy. I use a dovetail neck/body joint, scalloped X bracing, hot hide glue and lacquer finish. I do enjoy the diversity of the guitar family. The variety of shapes and sounds is of constant fascination. Each guitar has its strengths, and that can lead to new creative directions in music. When it comes to guitar design, I began as a traditionalist, but I am also finding new designs that offer features that modern players desire. Still, all of my guitars are made based on a traditional foundation. Tim Reede Custom Guitars have been displayed across North America at the Newport Guitar Festival in Newport RI, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in Santa Rosa CA, the Art of Guitar exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo ND, The Chicago Guitar Show St. Charles IL, the The Newport Guitar Festival in Miami Beach FL, The Woodstock Luthiers Showcase in Woodstock New York, The Montreal Guitar Show in Montreal Quebec as well as other events in Fergus Falls MN, Tacoma WA, Duluth MN, Springfield MO, Richmond MN, and Baltimore MD.

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