How an apprenticeship started Hot Rod Guitars

When I first met Richie I was just a customer. When Richie offered me an “apprenticeship,” I laughed telling him I was too old and that I lacked skills and knowledge. Richie said,


“You know more than you think. You’ve been playing for 40 years.”

Richie enjoyed my aggressive blues-based style and I loved his work as well. In just over a year I became his protege, often co-designing guitars for his company or mine. We love collaborating and inspiring each other, and Richie is the most valuable subject matter expert in the world on the subject of hot rodding guitars.

Check out this great article from the NY Times on Richie. Truly a master.

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