A special thanks to the following people who have touched my life professionally and/or personally.


Roy Acuff, Aerosmith, Red Allen, Chet Atkins, Norman Blake, Dick Boak, Jethro Burns, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Johnny Cash, Vasser Clements, John Denver, Bo Diddly, Mike Doolin, Jeff Elliott, Herb Ellis, Kent Everett, Grateful Dead, Doug Green, Jeff Hanna, George Harrison, John Hartford, Wayne Henderson, Janis Ian, Phil Kane, Marty & Charmaine Lanham, Mike Longworth, John Lundburg, Steve Martin, Bullwinkle J. Moose, John McQuen, Bruce Morrison, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Olander, James Olson, Kotaro Oshio, Joe Perry, Steve Pfenninger, Richard Schnieder, Buffy St. Marie, Eric Stroh, James Taylor, Martha Trachtenberg, Buck White and family, John A.Wilson, Randy Wood, ZZ Top and so many others.


I especially want to thank George Gruhn for giving me the years of opportunity to work my way up from semi-skilled numbnutz wannabe craftsperson to skilled artisan, all the time handing me one fine vintage guitar after another saying, "Fix this, make it look original!"