Guitar Repair and Building Program Graduates
Graduates of the program are now working for Bourgeois, Collings, Santa Cruz, Benedetto, Gruhn, Gallager, Macphearson, Fender, PRS, Hoffman, Elderly, Rainsong, Breedlove and many other fine builders and shops. We have alumni working in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Oman and the UK.
Three graduates of the program currently work with Bourgeois Guitars in Maine. Here Dana Bourgeois holds the Ricky Skaggs model prototype they all had a hand in building.
“Over the years I’ve hired from all the major guitar schools. None are consistently better prepared for work in my shop than graduates from Southeast Technical. Right now I have three on my staff. Next time I have an opening I know where to look.”
Graduates in the Field
Andy Jellison, Nashville, TN: Gruhn Guitars, repairs and restorations
Hugh Hanson, Nashville, TN: luthier; custom guitars, mandolins and restoration
Steve Rossow, Minneapolis, MN: custom guitars and mandolins - and an instructor in our program
Tim Reede, Minneapolis, MN: custom archtop, acoustic and electric guitars
Ron Tracy, Minnepolis, MN: Hoffman Guitars, managing and performing repairs, resorations and making custom electric guitars
Daniel Blom, Fairview, TN: Blom Guitars, repairs and restorations
Tim Thelen, Des Moines, IA: The Lutherie Shop, repairs, restorations and co-founder of BilT guitars
Gordy Bischoff, Eau Claire, WI: custom acoustic guitars
Rob Radack, Brooklyn, NY: Sadowsky Guitars, production manager
Jamon Zeiler, Rising Sun, IN: custom acoustic guitars
Gary Bartig, G. Edward Lutherie, Minneapolis, MN: designer and maker of the Eminence Portable Acoustic Upright Bass and the Dahlia 5-String Violin
Rick Reiss, Vancouver, WA: Advanced Guitar Repairs, repairs and restorations
Dan Wolf, Chicago, IL: Chicago Fret Works, repairs and restorations
Joe Kellerman, St. Paul, MN: Modern Day Music, repairs
Kevin Haynie, University Place, WA: Guitar repair and custom building
Patrick Hufschmid, Liverpool, UK: Custom electric guitars
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