Jeff Henry Guitars
When I build a guitar, it’s always a new experience. Each piece of wood is new to me and I try to respect the life and spirit of the tree it came from. I always get excited about the chance to create an instrument that is one-of-a-kind, and that has its own voice.
In 1993, I began my formal luthier training on the coast of Maine in Rockport Harbor. It was there that I first experienced working in a guitar workshop and the sights, smells, and sounds of what it was like to build my first complete guitar. I was so proud of that instrument, a 12 string out of cedar and oak. My instructor Nick Apollonio had some unorthodox design elements, but he knew how to make a good-sounding guitar.
I have had shops in Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC in the 90s. I started working at Maple Street Guitars in Atlanta in 2001 and have been associated with them since then. I started doing a lot of repair work there and learned a tremendous amount about acoustic, electric, classical, and other fretted stringed instruments. I’ve worked on guitars that are just toys to world-class instruments owned by world-class players. I can not stress enough how being in a guitar shop with all sorts of instruments has exposed me and deepened my understanding of how guitars are designed and put together.
Located: Atlanta, Georgia United States
Professionally Selling For: 28 Years
Professional Organizations: Guild of American Luthiers , Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans
Dealers: Maple Street Guitars
Studied With: Nick Apollonio - Maine Guitarmakers School
Shows: Merle Fest , International Bluegrass Music Association