A couple of years ago I had this idea to start a stringed instrument manufacturing company with a few friends.
The idea was not just to build guitars, lots of people do that. But to make smart, affordable instruments in a small, local shop using renewable, salvaged and repurposed materials, and parts sourced in the U.S. whenever feasible. I bought some tools, some guitar parts, and most importantly a computer-controlled router that's been waiting for us in Silicon Valley.
Getting the router programmed and shipped, some additional raw material, and a few more tools are all that stand in the way of getting this idea off the ground. For years friends and I have put our own time and money into this endeavor, but now your help is needed to get this project over the finish line and into production.
about the kickstarter guitars
The guitars I'm offering for this campaign will each be unique, one-of-a-kind instruments. In many cases they are made with parts I've been saving for years in anticipation of assembling some dream guitars for myself. Instead I'm passing them along as a thank you to investors - if you get a guitar we'll work together to chose pickups and hardware (where applicable), and of course, you'll be featured on our player's page with your guitar.
Every guitar will include a small piece of headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graffiti artist SUB DF (Tony Curanaj) or fine art painter Edward Minoff, signed on the back and personalized to you. And, you'll receive a video of your guitar being put through it's paces by legendary NYC session and stage guitarist Simon Chardiet through classic amplifiers matched specifically with your guitar-amps like my 1958 Deluxe, or a 1968 Blackface Twin. Some of the best circuits ever made.
Once these kickstarter guitars are built, Brooklyn Instruments will take on a less 'custom' form in exchange for more 'mass-produced' instrument assemblies. This means I and my guitar-tech friends will be giving your guitar inherently individual attention when we build it.
Thank you for reading about my project. Any amount you can give will help show the world that we can make beautiful music - locally, affordably, and sustainably.
Risks and challenges
I'm keeping this kickstarter guitar production run limited so that I can make sure we have the time and resources to carefully build each instrument. I want to get you your guitars by the holidays, but if there are any delays you will know by November.
After these initial guitars are built I intend to keep the operation true to the principles stated above: value, musicality, local sourcing and assembly, and sustainability. I've put my money where my mouth is: I bought my CNC router in California (not overseas), and I have sourced many parts from U.S. companies and craftspeople. I've already obtained some of the salvaged/upcycled materials needed, and I'm going to continue to use renewable, refurbished materials, and local sources.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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