New Maxwell Sipe


This guitar features a beautiful European spruce top and east Indian Rosewood back and sides. The guitar is handmade by one of Portland's finest luthiers Maxwell Sipe.


About Maxwell Sipe:

My journey into lutherie is a natural one.  As a kid I was always drawing and making model planes and cars. Simultaneously, I was involved in music.  I had piano lessons starting in the 1st grade and I played music all the way thru college.  I graduated with a BA in music from the University of Portland and studied classical guitar with Jeffrey Ashton and Scott Kritzer as well as attending numerous master classes.  While teaching music and performing after graduation,  I was always preoccupied with other projects; building furniture, painting cars, fiberglassing, etc... which led to me to try my hand at lutherie.  It was a good feeling to be able to connect two of my passions - music and a hands-on construction project.  I made my first guitar in 2005 and I've been hooked ever since.  
In addition,  I currently do repair work with 
Kerry Char in his shop in North Portland.  Doing repair work is a wonderful way to study the craft.   Being able to study instruments from the Baroque to the present is invaluable in shaping ones perspective.  Also, the work itself; things like completing hundreds of re-frets and neck resets build an invaluable skill set.  

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