B.A. FERGUSON GUITARS
FOUNDED IN 2008 IN HARTSVILLE, SC
NOW RESIDING IN EL PASO, TX
“In a world full of "disposable" instruments, I wanted to create instruments that would surpass us for generations. Instruments that speak love and can be handed down. I’m essentially in the business of building heirlooms while also trying to accommodate the working musician. Every guitar that comes out of the shop plays as if it is playing you, and part of that is because I put a lot of thought and heart into each one. These instruments are more than just the "premium materials" they are made from.
I say that "love is handmade" because, it starts with love, and is love when it is put into action. It is the act of turning nothing into something, and I get to enjoy doing just that every day. It is my contemplative work. I use routers, saws, and other machines, but even with that, I get to know every nook and cranny of that particular instrument by the time it is finished. It is always such a joy and I absolutely love what I do. My hope is that this shows.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
I grew up in El Paso, TX, and my passion for guitars started when I was about fourteen years old. One day, my mother and grandmother pitched in to buy my first guitar. As I learned how to play, I couldn't help tinkering with the thing. One guitar lead to another, and I eventually met a gifted luthier, Baron Martin, owner of Frets & Necks, who took me under his wing.
I naturally had a love for history and "Barry" was very good at incorporating this into his teaching. After a few years of apprenticeship, I moved with my wife to Hartsville, SC, and ran my own guitar repair and restoration business for just over 15 years under the name, Frets & Necks South Carolina.
Over time I have had the privilege of restoring a lot of interesting guitars many of whom have surpassed their makers for generations. Some with such detail that you can't help but appreciate every aspect of this tedious craft. It is with that appreciation and love, that I began making my own guitars. As of 2018, however, I've relocated back to my hometown to focus mainly on my family and guitar building.
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