Dell Prairie, WI
University of Wisconsin-Stout, 1999 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Guitar customizer and decoupage artist with work (two customized, decoupaged Epiphone Les Paul Guitars) presently on display and for sale at Almont Gallery in Waukesha, including a guitar commemorating Waukesha’s first GuitarTown in 2012.
I designed one of the playable Les Paul guitars for the first GuitarTown, entitled “Les Goes Gold,” commemorating Les Paul’s recording career.
Permanent public art installations in Minnetonka, MN, and Worthing, West Sussex, England.
GuitarTown guitar – “Lester Through The 70’s”
The 10-foot guitar features 10 greats who played Les Pauls — Duane Allman and Richard Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Bob Marley, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Keith Richard (who had removed the “s” from the end of his name during the 1975 tour in which he wielded a Les Paul on stage), Peter Frampton, Neil Young and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Each of these guitar greats can be seen, arrayed around this 10-foot guitar, playing a Les Paul. “Lester Through the ‘70s” also pays tribute to Les Paul himself, who was introduced to a new generation of guitar music lovers in an early 1975 interview in Rolling Stone magazine.
It occurred to me after completing this guitar that, as a rock concert-goer and musician during the 1970s, I had the incredible fortune to see almost every single one of these guitarists perform.
I didn’t see Neil Young perform until the mid-80s, and I didn’t see Les in person until 2003.
Duane Allman is the only one I missed. “Lester Through The ‘70s” is painted the same color as one of the Les Paul guitars Duane made famous with his unbelievable playing.
Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bob Marley and Jeff Beck are featured on the front of the guitar, playing or wielding Les Paul guitars on the covers of their record albums and the leading rock ‘n’ roll magazine’s of the day.
The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Peter Frampton and Les Paul are featured on the covers of their record albums, Rolling Stone magazine and other media, in almost every case playing a Les Paul guitar.
Neck & Headstock
Giant tuning pegs and knobs, authentically painted fretboard, pickups and “gold top” finish.