Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Luthier Kent Chasson : Chasson Guitars

About Kent Chasson and Chasson Guitars from

Kent was first introduced to guitar making in 1979 by his high school shop teacher, Thomas Newsome. Newsome had recently trained under Master Luthier Hascel Haile who was known for guitars he built for Chet Atkins.

Kent created two guitars with Newsome in 1979-80. After 15 years as a professional woodworker, Kent started making guitars independently in 1995. Kent was fortunate to live a few blocks from world class maker, Dake Traphagen. Kent appreciates the ongoing benefit of his (Dake's) feedback, sound advice, and inspiration over the years. In 1997, Kent attended a week-ling Luthiery workshop with Charles Fox. During this workshop, Kent learned an approach to guitar making that helped him develop a system of production that is ideal for a small shop. The approach allowed him to work with precision and repeatability while making unique instruments one at a time. In 1998, Kent took a guitar repair workshop with Frank Ford. Ford is known far and wide as a master repairman and his web site, is an excellent resource for any guitar owner. In 2007, Kent attended an intensive workshop with one of the world's true authorities on guitar making, Ervin Somogyi. His class gave Kent an approach to voicing that enabled him to bring exceptionally responsiveness to his guitars.

This is what Kent has to say about his guitars, My guitars blend time honored traditions with state of the art innovation but it's not the traditional hide glue or the contemporary carbon fiber struts that make my guitars special. It's the passion, the training, and the 30 years of experience I bring to this craft. Plus the hide glue and carbon fiber. And the wood of course: every piece hand picked and well seasoned. My guitars are responsive to the player and I am responsive to my clients. I enjoy working with players to create the perfect instrument for their style of music and their touch. It's a great job and I am grateful to the clients who enable me to keep making guitars and, we together put more music into the world.

Kent offers following models...
Classic | Grand Auditorium | Signature Dread| Dreadnought | Jumbo | Parlor

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