Growing up, Sean was always really into building and tinkering; be it with Legos, plastic models, or carving things from wood in his dad’s shop. He grew up surrounded by music and guitars thanks to his father and Uncles always playing around the house and in bands. Being the youngest of three brothers he was exposed to many eras and styles of music. Being left handed made it very challenging for him as a kid; he would go into a music store with hundreds of guitars on the walls and maybe two or three would be left handed. This forced him to really take care of his instruments and learn how to get different sounds out of what he had; which led him to learn how to setup and repair his own as well as other people’s instruments and modify what he could.

   Sean met a lot of guitar techs over the years during his trips to local music stores; he become friends with a few of them and learned they had attended school for it. After reading an article sent from his grandmother, he found a certified school in Phoenix Arizona. His grandparents being snow birds, they flew from Washington to Arizona each year, so he was already very familiar with the area. At that point, everything seemed to sort of fall into place; he left college a few credits away from his degree to pursue what really drove him.

 

   In  fall of 2012 Sean attended Roberto-Venn’s School of Luthiery, and loved every minute of it. Months seemed like days to him,  “it was just a blast getting to be in that kind of environment ya’know? So many people from all over the world who love music and guitars, ten hour days of hands on lessons and lectures from people who have been in the industry for forty plus years and who are some of the most world renowned repair techs and builders” . There he learned the theory, concepts, and skill sets required to properly build and repair just about anything with strings on it.

    After graduating and receiving his certificate, Sean flew back home and started collecting tools for his shop and got a job at a music store where he continued honing his skills and expanding his knowledge. He became one of the regional guitar tech trainers for a few years while also working shows in the greater Seattle area for bands at night as well as playing in a few himself. It was very exhausting for him, but in doing so; he learned a lot about what performing musicians really look for and need from their instruments and equipment. Sean eventually found his way to Puyallup and began working for Warmoth Guitar Manufacturing, where he learned a different side of the business, the job really had him sharpening his skills and putting his training to good use. Eventually due to health reasons and an injury, he decided the factory setting and city life wasn't for him.

    Sean decided to finally open up his own shop here in Lake Stevens full time doing custom builds and a lot of repairs. He spends most of his time working on customer repairs and orders but can also be found helping out at local schools, music festivals, and nonprofit music programs. Sean is always practicing his craft and loves to share his experience and knowledge with anyone who is interested, he is also a member of multiple luthier guilds and groups where he gets to participate in seminars, workshops, and exhibitions; exchanging ideas and knowledge with his peers.

Sean in the shop with one of his custom acoustics
Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery - Class of 2012
Guild of American Luthiers Convention 2017
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