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October 30, 2013
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Made in Summit County: Big Hollow Guitars

Name of business or product: I named my company Big Hollow Guitars after a geographical feature near my hometown, Laramie, Wyo.

Date business or product was launched: I have been building custom acoustic guitars under the name Big Hollow for 13 years.

What goods do you make here in Summit County? How much do they cost? I build acoustic steel string guitars that offer rich, powerful tone to some of the most discriminating guitar enthusiasts. My guitars start at $3,800.

What’s great about making your products here? My work is closely tied to my physical and mental wellbeing, and living in Summit makes it hard not to stay healthy, between skiing, hiking and just the relaxed nature of a place that does so much living outdoors. When I am happy, I am able to bring my A-game to work, and it shows.

What’s new with your company or product? My work was just featured in a periodical called the Fretboard Journal, which has been an exciting amount of attention, and I am on my way to exhibit at the Healdsburg guitar festival for the first time. The Healdsburg festival highlights custom builders from across the world, and I had the honor of being invited to exhibit there this year. I am bringing two special guitars I built using Oregon Myrtle wood, which has a striking figure and flame.

Also, I just recently finished building a garage that houses my building operations, and I’ve been able to set up my process better than ever before. I am nearing the end of the first set of guitars to be built in the new shop, and I have been able to complete them significantly faster.

Why do you think it’s important for people in Summit County to buy locally made goods? In my case, these guitars can be built to the area climate, which makes them more resilient than guitars that are built wetter, which is the industry standard. Of course, if you spend your money with me, then I have more money to spend at your or your friend’s businesses.

How can people find out more about your products? My website, www.bighollowguitars.com, has all the information you need to start designing your Big Hollow Guitar.

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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 31, 2013 04:18PM Published Oct 30, 2013 01:08PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.