I have always enjoyed taking things apart trying to figure out how they worked and also how they were constructed. I guess it is in my blood being the son of a design engineer whom was more than forgiving on occasion such as when I took the home telephone all the way apart and didn't have a clue how to put it back together. From there I graduated up to bicycles taking those apart and fixing them up with fancy paint jobs, then came cars and trucks. I feel fortunate that I was sent to both private and public art schools to study, for that I will always thank my parents.
Little did I know that back in 1997 the roots of Project Guitar were being formed when I first started up a web site called Universal Jems showing my interest and love for guitars and the people that play them. Drawing on earlier experiences in my life I soon realized that I was not satisfied with having the simple off the wall stock guitar yet I lacked the knowledge required to do anything other than simple wood work or a paint job.
I joined several forums and in a short period of time people were starting to ask me about how they should go about performing different tasks modifying their own guitars. If I didn't know the answer, I learned how through the use of search engines. For me searching the Internet brought up many specialty guitar web sites but none of them included the broad spectrum of different areas I wanted to learn about and on their own and they created a very large file in my favorites for book marks. Those sites have now been brought together into this site aptly named Project Guitar. For many of my peers it seemed a crazy idea to show the people how to do the work some of us rely on for a living. To me it merely strengthened the bond with people and showed a few that either they didn't posses the skills or the tools and area to work in. For others, they saved a buck or two and felt even more proud of their own guitar!
Another thing I noticed in each forum group I visited there were members as well as administrators constantly bashing different brand names of guitars. Some of these folks even to this day hold a heavy grudge against a particular model of guitar within the brand they love and support which I believe to be ridiculous. You won't find that here. It doesn't matter if you have a $5.00 yard sale guitar you want to modify or a $3500.00 antique you want to restore or just show off, any and all guitars are welcome.
While this site will primarily remain a solid body electric guitar site I welcome anyone who would like to learn as well as teach about acoustic guitars or any other stringed instrument. To keep things from being complicated when accessing the site or remembering where you saw it I purchased both the domain names Projectguitar.com as well as Guitarproject.com on the 30th of April 2002. This way if your working on a project guitar of your own you can remember the site as well as if your looking for a guitar project to work on :)
Keeping with my original idea this site is completely dedicated to teaching as well as showing where you can go to get specialty supplies or services to complete your unique project. I also hope this site helps to inspire those few that are looking for a group of people to hang out with on the Internet and have fun making one of a kind guitars as well as giving them an outlet to show off their own creations.
While yes I have dedicated hundreds of hours and of course a lot of personal money to bring this information to you it will always remain free of charge. I hope that through donations and sponsorships as this site grows it will become a site we all can be proud of. So when ever you can, please pay special attention to the growing sponsors and make purchases from them when ever possible, after all they truly do deserve the support as well.
Peace and Good Luck on Your Project, Brian Calvert
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