The Craftsmen

The Breedlove Craftsmen

Kim Breedlove

Kim Breedlove

Craftsman since 1974

It was on a six month surfing trip deep in Mexico that young artist and musician Kim Breedlove decided his life calling: to build stringed instruments. With a strong art background and refined design sense, Kim Breedlove acquired the tools, the training and a keen interest in building guitars, mandolins, banjos and other fine instruments in 1974.

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Aaron Adams

Aaron Adams

Craftsman since 2002

Aaron takes great pride in producing instruments that live up to Breedlove's reputation for impeccable quality. With over a decade in the shop, he's worked in nearly every phase of the building process. Aaron is now the lead in the body department and he inspects every body before it moves on to assembly. Inspections are one of Aaron's favorite parts of his job, he says, "If you say...

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Jacob Dodd

Jacob Dodd

Craftsman since 2005

As a finish specialist, Jake has one of the more nerve-wracking positions in the shop. It takes a perfectionist with an eye for detail and a steady hand to apply the perfect finish to a Breedlove instrument, especially when the slightest mistake can inadvertently ruin a newly built instrument that has countless man-hours in it already. Jake takes it all in stride, he just has a knack for the job. He...

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Ryan Fish

Ryan Fish

Craftsman since 2006

Even before he joined the Breedlove team, Ryan says he was always "blown away by the quality of Breedlove instruments." In his current position as product line workshop manager for Breedlove mandolins, Ryan is dedicated to upholding the legendary Breedlove standards for quality. Ryan learned from the best; as he says, "Kim inspected every mandolin I built for a couple of years. I have deep respect...

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Jones L’Argent

Jones L’Argent

Craftsman since 2008

Every shop needs the go-to guy who can get you exactly what you need to do your job better. Jones is that person - he's the quiet type who likes being in the know, but never in the spotlight. As the Process Engineer for Breedlove Guitars, his insatiable curiosity, world-class research skills, and his ability to get the right tool at the right time make him an essential team member. You might not...

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Gary Flaherty

Gary Flaherty

Craftsman since 1993

Gary has been meticulously handcrafting Breedlove guitars for over two decades, making him one of the most experienced craftsmen in the workshop. He's worked in every department in the shop, but he chose string-up because he enjoys bringing Breedlove instruments to completion: putting it all together, and hearing the guitar's voice for the first time. In particular, Gary takes pride in the his...

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Andy McCumber

Andy McCumber

Craftsman since 2010

Andrew is a singer-songwriter, an avid fisherman, hunter, and Bend Elks fan (the local baseball team, not the wildlife). He plays guitar and sings with local band No Cash Value -- they've been rocking Bend since 2000. His guilty pleasure is writing and singing country music. His big fish story involves a 20-inch ling cod, caught recently outside of Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. He's not...

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Andy Carrillo

Andy Carrillo

Craftsman since 2010

Andy's passion for design, combined with his experience as a musician (he's a vocalist and a guitarist), make him the perfect guy to head the parts department. He studied music theory at Lee University in Eastern Tennesse, and utlimately recieved a degree in industrial design from the Art Institute of Colorado. His background in industrial design gives him a unique persective on the art of...

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Dod Mohr

Dod Mohr

Craftsman since 1995

As a man who can find a solution to just about any problem, Dod is the perfect person to run the Breedlove repair department. If an instrument seems too far gone to fix, check with Dod. If anyone can fix it, Dod can. Dod grew up in Portland, and served in the army as a radio teletype operator. He picked up the guitar while stationed in Germany, at age 20. When he returned to Portland, he got his...

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Steve Shisler

Steve Shisler

Craftsman since 2010

Music is Steve’s passion in life, and every day he lives the dream, putting the final touches on Breedlove guitars in the string-up and final assembly department. Steve has been on the Breedlove team since 2010, and has developed a knack for fitting necks to the bodies – he takes pride in hand-sanding the fret extension and neck block to create a perfect fit. He also enjoys being the...

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Dylan Alm

Dylan Alm

Craftsman since 2010

Dylan's specialty is hand-sanding Breedlove mandolins. What sounds like a simple task is actually incredibly demanding. The sanding of mandolins requires a great deal of focus since over-sanding can ruin a nearly completed instrument. Dylon started at Breedlove in kerfing, then the body department for Breedlove guitars, but enjoys the extra challenge of working on a smaller, more detailed...

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Mark Goldsmith

Mark Goldsmith

Craftsman since 2011

Mark grew up in Southern California, moved to Portland, Oregon as a teenager, and then relocated to Bend in 2010. He's always loved woodworking, and has been playing guitar since the age of 14. Before becoming a full-time Breedlove craftsman, Mark was a cook -- he's still passionate about cooking. As a cook, one day in the kitchen, he was hurriedly assembling a dozen salads, when the head...

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Arthur Spahr

Arthur Spahr

Craftsman since 2007

Art is a guitarist and music lover who was personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist working with physical therapy patients prior to joining Breedlove. He was ready for a career change when he and his wife moved to Central Oregon from San Diego in 2006. Breedlove was an obvious choice for his career transition, given his passion for music and guitars. During his interview,...

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Brandon Francis

Brandon Francis

Craftsman since 2010

Brandon has music and woodworking in his genes. His grandfather was a woodworker, his father was a professional studio musician, and his mother is a pianist and vocalist, and Brandon clearly inherited their skills. A drummer and a skilled craftsman, Brandon hand-selects all woods for Breedlove Master Class instruments and also works in the parts assembly department, executing a variety of tasks with...

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Evan Manthei

Evan Manthei

Craftsman since 2010

Evan has a graphic design background and a degree in guitar repair and building from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical. He's a guitar lover through and through with an artist's eye, both of which serve him exceptionally well in the Breedlove string-up department. He likes working with his hands and enjoys the intense attention to detail his position requires. His art, guitar-repair...

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Iain Stone

Iain Stone

Craftsman since 2006

Iain is equal parts artist, technician, and musician. His background in graphic and fine arts developed his eye for detail and aesthetic perfection, and his experience in aerospace and medical parts fabrication give him the precision skills to achieve technical and artistic perfection in the Breedlove repair department. He excels at highly detailed work that requires an eye for design. He started...

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James Mccashen

James Mccashen

Craftsman since 2013

With a background in woodworking, building, and stone work, James brings a sculptor's sensibility to every task he undertakes at Breedlove. When hand-binding Breedlove instruments, he executes the meticulous work with with the eye of an artist and with the passion of musician. He treats every instrument as if it were his own personal guitar. James grew up just outside of Bend, in La Pine, and...

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Scott Wegner

Scott Wegner

Craftsman since 2011

Scott grew up in the Midwest (born in Indiana), and moved to Bend in 2002. He worked in construction prior to joining the team of craftsmen at Breedlove. He currently works in the neck department, where he has a thing for precision. He truly enjoys producing meticulous neck blanks to meet very exacting specifications. Scott has been fly fishing since the age of 12. He says when he's not...

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Cory Holt

Cory Holt

Craftsman since 2011

Cory Holt is a mechanically inclined artist and musician. He's fanatical about binding Breedlove instruments, and loves getting it just right. He's super proud of the quality of Breedlove instruments and how immaculate Breedlove guitars are inside and out. Cory knows this perfection is an essential component in distinctively crafted sound and as a result, if his binding isn't perfect,...

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Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams

Craftsman since 2010

Jesse oversees the finish department, and admits he's "OCD nitpicky" when it comes to Breedlove finishes. Jesse's training in artistic precision started at an early age, assisting his father, a professional medium- and large-format black-and-white photographer. Working with his dad, Jesse learned how much every detail matters – they went to extensive lengths to make sure every step was...

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Mike Coulter

Mike Coulter

Craftsman since

A trained ear is an essential skill for the craftsmen in string-up and final assembly. Mike works in string-up for Breedlove mandolins, and says that while he wasn't born with perfect pitch, he has worked diligently to develop his ear. He's been a performing musician for over two decades, and learned to tune a guitar in a noisy bar before electronic tuners were readily available. As a result....

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Simon Haycraft

Simon Haycraft

Craftsman since 2009

Simon is a sculptor and a painter with a deep appreciation for tonewoods, and a comprehensive mastery of finish applications. He has a sixth-sense for the perfect finish, which is essential since he applies color treatments and finishes to Breedlove's most exclusive instruments including the Exotic Series, Masterclass Series and custom instruments. Simon sees each guitar as a piece of art, as a...

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Jason Chinchen

Jason Chinchen

Craftsman since

Walk into the inlay room at the Breedlove workshop and, invariably, you’ll be greeted by a big, happy smile from Jason Chinchen. Jason is a man who loves his work, and for good reason. His talents and skill are perfectly suited for the demanding position of Breedlove inlay artist. Jason spends his days at Breedlove immersed in art – conceptualizing, designing, and then cutting and fitting...

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