Craftsmanship in guitar making is an art that often goes unnoticed but profoundly influences a musician’s experience. At Breedlove’s Custom Shop in Bend, Oregon, there’s a hidden gem—a craftsman named Paul Roshau, whose passion and skill resonate through the guitar necks he meticulously creates.
In our latest episode of “Meet Your Makers” series, we delve into Paul’s journey—a tale woven with familial inspiration and a profound love for music. Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Paul was surrounded by a family deeply ingrained in music. His father’s multi-trade craftsmanship, coupled with a household filled with musical instruments, laid the foundation for Paul’s musical inclination. High school days saw him mastering not just one, but a plethora of instruments, demonstrating an early knack for musical prowess.
But Paul’s journey didn’t stop at music; he pursued a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Concordia University in Portland, a testament to his diverse interests and academic acumen. Yet, he developed a passionate curiosity around building guitars and, with encouragement from his wife, joined the Breedlove family.
At the Breedlove Custom Shop, Paul’s role in the neck department is more than a job—it’s a labor of love. His deep understanding of what makes a guitar neck truly exceptional stems not just from craftsmanship but also from his experience as a musician. With appreciate for sustainable practices, Paul takes immense pride in contributing to a company that prioritizes ethical use of the Earth’s resources.
The accompanying video captures Paul’s journey within the Custom Shop, showcasing his meticulous work process and shedding light on why he is a linchpin in creating Breedlove necks that musicians cherish. From selecting the finest materials to handcrafting each neck with precision, Paul’s dedication ensures that every guitar that leaves the Custom Shop meets the highest standards of quality and playability.
Watch Paul’s Meet Your Maker video (above) to witness firsthand the passion and expertise that Paul pours into crafting Breedlove guitar necks, elevating the playing experience for musicians worldwide.
Enjoyed Paul’s video? Make sure to catch the first video in this series with Craftsman Ian Cook!