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About Textone Guitars

How do you start something like Textone Guitars? First of all, you need to have a love for great guitars. During my life I have owned, traded, or sold over 100 guitars, if not more. Many of them I regret not hanging on to. Some pretty amazing guitars got away from me - but I know they all found good homes. But why these guitars, today?

Like any new venture, it is born out of a desire to create something special that could be shared with other people with the same love – in this case a love for special, custom built guitars.I started with a quest to build one special guitar. I wanted something classic, vintage looking, but also something with a unique twist.

Knowing I could never put everything I desired into one guitar, I decided to focus on the guitars of my heroes - the players I grew up both watching and crossing paths with over the years – players like Freddie King, Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Toy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh, Ed King, Leroy Parnell, Roy Buchanon and Chet Atkins. I wanted the look and feel of these instruments to truly be something special. And so my journey for guitar nirvana began.

Along the way I crossed paths with a genuine American artist and craftsman - Jeff Neville. After a number of long phone calls with Jeff and collaborating on the designs I spent months working on trying to get just right, I knew the moment I saw the first photo Jeff sent me of a cut out body ready for sanding that my vision was about to became a reality.

So there you have it. The birth of Textone Guitars. From rock, to country, to rockabilly, to blues, these guitars can cover a lot of musical ground. Fun to play, amazing to the ears and dazzling to the eyes, I think you’ll be just as impressed when you add one to your own collection.

Rick Rutherford
Textone Guitars

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