Before starting Grez Guitars a decade ago, Barry worked for 20 years as a product designer and acoustician in the professional audio business developing products and designing venues in 56 countries around the world. Product development was focused on analog signal processing and large-scale concert touring loudspeakers for Apogee Sound where he served as Director of Engineering. Acoustical work, for the Grzebik Design Group, focused mainly on live performance venues such as places of worship, theaters, concert halls, sporting venues, recording studios and the like. Projects, venues, and events he has been associated with are the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, The Chinese National Olympics, American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat), The Golden Globe Awards, Lakewood Church, Cirque du Soleil in the Royal Albert Hall, … Combining a long-standing passion for guitars and music with his extensive knowledge of acoustics, industrial design, product design, and manufacturing, Barry began designing guitars with the intent of creating something visually and sonically his own. While Grez builds a fair number of flat-top steel-string acoustics, solid bodies, and somewhat traditional hand laminated archtops, he is most known for creating semi-hollow-body guitars that are lighter, smaller and have a more complex acoustic voice than is commonly seen in the industry. The most prolific of these models are the Mendocino and Mendocino Baritone. Grez guitars are made in a little shop in Northern California predominantly by hand although some CNC is employed for a few labor-intensive tasks. The Mendocino and Folsom products are always in production and often available “In Stock” although slightly customized versions are often created in as little as 4 to 5 weeks. Fully custom commissioned builds generally have a 12-month waitlist.
Located: Petaluma, CA United States
Professionally Selling: Since 2009
Professional Organizations: Guild of American Luthiers , Northern California Association of Luthiers , NAMM
Dealers: The Music Emporium , South Shore Guitar Boutique , SoundPure , The Guitar Corner , Tall Toad Music
Artists: Little Charlie Baty , Kid Andersen , Nick Moss , Matt Hill , Laura Chavez , Tim Lerch , Gary Vogensen , Paul Pigat , Tommy Harkenrider , Kenny Brescia
Instrument Types: Electric Guitar , Archtop Guitar , Steel String Acoustic