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Life & Work with Kevin Equitz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Equitz.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Music has always been a running thread in my family. My parents raised us with concerts, music playing in the house, and also playing live with family and friends.

My brother is a guitar player, and my early interest in guitars came from seeing the ones he was playing. Pretty soon, my curiosity about basic guitar maintenance was harmonizing with my focus on art and design in school.

In a college, where I had to give an unprepared speech, I suddenly decided that I should combine those two and actually try building them.

After a few years of studying, saving up for parts, and trying to carve out the time, I assembled one from aftermarket pieces I bought online. That led to building for family and friends and eventually coming up with my own designs.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been all that rough, but it sure hasn’t been fast.

One of my biggest struggles is time; only building a few per year makes it feel like a struggle to balance how much attention I want to give each one and how important it is to keep momentum enough to actually finish what I start.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My designs are intended to feel familiar but still new, and I’m trying to maintain a healthy balance of classic and modern themes in each one.

All of my guitars are intended to be simple and approachable… trying to hit that mix of looking good, sounding good, and feeling good.

There are lots of other builders out there too, in addition to an amazing community as well. We’re all big advocates of each other, so I’m happy to recommend other builders whenever possible.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
People are often surprised that I’m actually a drummer.

My dad started us off on drums from as early as I can remember, and I eventually picked up a guitar in high school. As much as I love playing guitar and bass, I feel more at home behind the drums.

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