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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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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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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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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Joel Chaney

Joel Chaney

Craftsman since 2013

Joel’s day is spent in the wood stacks organizing all the wood that enters the building.  “I enjoy the work I have been able to learn and do here at Two Old Hippies.  Some of the wood I get to work with I had no idea was even out there.  I am constantly amazed at the craftsmanship that goes on here.”  He started out here sanding ebony bridges and is excited to now...

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