Gerald Sheppard NEW Grand Concert Deep Cutaway #963345, Article #023, 17 Dec 2011
Gerald has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for twenty-five years. He has been building guitars exclusively since 1993. Gerald attributes his success and expertise to extensive research, hands-on experience, association with instrument guilds, and feedback from professional musicians and his customers.
His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists. Since 2003 Gerald has accepted the invitation of Al Petteway to be the staff instrument builder/luthier for Guitar Week at the world renowned Swannanoa Gathering (www.swangathering.org). There, attending guitarists can view Gerald's work in progress, learn about guitar woods, and learn how matching their playing style to a personal guitar design.Tone related design features include concentricity of the lower bouts and tuned chamber frequencies. An interesting optional tone related feature is the thirteen fret to the neck design which moves the soundhole, bracing, and bridge to the "sweet spot" closer to the center of the lower bout.
Gerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. After spending most of his professional life in the engineering division of a large manufacturing company where he incorporated Quality Management methodology into industrial and management processes, he now builds 14 to 18 guitars per year as a full time occupation.