Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Bubblicious

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Bubblicious

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Maybe it's the glint in his eye, but you get the impression that luthier Greg Brandt has a whimsical soul. And one look at his guitar "Bubbles" confirms it. I first encountered Bubbles and Bubbles 2 last year at the Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration. The story behind these guitars is that Brandt, who specializes in handmade nylon-string guitars, and his apprentice, Chace Miller, had a little extra time on their hands while working in Brandt's North Hollywood studio and preparing Miller for her introduction to steel-string building. "We started looking at what steel-string makers were doing," the affable Brandt recalls. "It was always clear that steel-string makers had a wider wood and decorative palette and that I always felt I needed to toe the line in dealing with classical players, who would often accept almost anything on the inside [of a custom guitar], as long as it looked like what Segovia played 70 years ago. …

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