Garage Built Guitars by John Kingma
Welcome to my updated website. If you’re wondering what “Garage Built” is, it simply means built in my garage by hand. No computerized machinery, no high tech booths, no digital calipers or other fancy equipment. (Well, actually, I do have some digital calipers. They are very handy things to have when building guitars.) My guitars are inexpensive “working man’s” guitars. They are not flawless showpieces that cost thousands and thousands of dollars that the average Joe would be afraid to touch, let alone play. They may be a bit rough around the edges… but then again, so am I. They are meant to be played… and played hard.
Someone once said to me “Any musical project that starts in the garage is okay with me”.
What a great philosophy.
I’ve been asked where I came up with the name “Apollo Guitars”. Well, in Greek Mythology, Apollo was (among other things) the god of music… and I just thought it fit. I am not affiliated with the now defunct Apollo Guitar Company from back in the 60’s and 70’s. The fact that I chose the Apollo name is purely coincidental and strictly due to the mythological connection.
CLICK HERE for a sneak peek at what I am currently working on.
PLEASE NOTE – I appreciate all the inquiries and requests I’ve been getting for custom built instruments, however I still have a bit of a backlog to get through. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though, and I should be able to take on 1 or 2 projects towards the middle of 2015. Contact me if interested.
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DISCLAIMER : Throughout this site the terms Les Paul, SG, Strat, Stratocaster, Tele, Telecaster, Jazz Bass, Mustang, Rickenbacker, Danelectro (and possibly others) may be used to describe guitars I have built or am building. This is for descriptive purposes only and these names are owned by their respective companies. I am in no way affiliated with them or any other guitar manufacturer and I do not make or claim to make copies of their guitars. I use ideas from many sources to come up with my own designs.
Most recent update – October 16th, 2014 ~ © 2004 – 2014 John Kingma, Apollo Guitars