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Guitar Repair and Building Program Graduates

Graduates of the program are now working for Bourgeois, Collings, Santa Cruz, Benedetto, Gruhn, Gallager, Macphearson, Fender, PRS, Hoffman, Elderly, Rainsong, Breedlove and many other fine builders and shops. We have alumni working in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Oman and the UK.

Three alumni work for Dana Bourgeois

These graduates of the program have worked with Bourgeois Guitars in Maine. Here Dana Bourgeois holds a Ricky Skaggs model prototype they all had a hand in building.

“Over the years I’ve hired from all the major guitar schools. None are consistently better prepared for work in my shop than graduates from Southeast Technical. Right now I have three on my staff. Next time I have an opening I know where to look.”
— Dana Bourgeois

Graduates in the Field

Andy Jellison, Nashville, TN: Gruhn Guitars, repairs and restorations

Hugh Hanson, Nashville, TN: luthier; custom guitars, mandolins and restoration

Steve Rossow, Minneapolis, MN: custom guitars and mandolins - and an instructor in our program

Tim Reede, Minneapolis, MN: custom archtop, acoustic and electric guitars

Ron Tracy, St. Paul, MN:, St. Paul Guitar Repair: Repairs, resorations and custom electric guitars

Daniel Blom, Fairview, TN: Blom Guitars, repairs and restorations

Tim Thelen, Des Moines, IA: The Lutherie Shop, repairs, restorations and co-founder of BilT guitars

Gordy Bischoff, Eau Claire, WI: custom acoustic guitars

Rob Radack, Brooklyn, NY: Sadowsky Guitars, production manager

Jamon Zeiler, Rising Sun, IN: custom acoustic guitars

Gary Bartig, G. Edward Lutherie, Minneapolis, MN: designer and maker of the Eminence Portable Acoustic Upright Bass and the Dahlia 5-String Violin

Rick Reiss, Vancouver, WA: Advanced Guitar Repairs, repairs and restorations

Dan Wolf, Chicago, IL: Chicago Fret Works, repairs and restorations

Joe Kellerman, St. Paul, MN: Modern Day Music, repairs

Kevin Haynie, University Place, WA: Guitar repair and custom building

Patrick Hufschmid, Liverpool, UK: Custom electric guitars

Kaleb Fitting, Savannah luthier buidling boutique guitars and mandolins

Brian Stewart, Red Wing, MN: Tree Strings, a full service guitar shop in Red Wing, MN



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