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Sipe Guitars


Art & Craft of Lutherie

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Sipe Guitars


Art & Craft of Lutherie

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I am building instruments to satisfy the most discerning; aiming to produce the sound, playability and level of craft required to give the professional player an instrument that inspires and is responsive to their touch. I was a musician first and luthier second. Understanding things from a player's point of view is absolutely essential in creating top quality instruments and I feel that my range of experience playing, repairing, studying, building has given me the tools to achieve those ideals.

The point is to build a meaningful, superbly functional, and aesthetically pleasing object. Building guitars is about everything involved. It’s not just about fine woodworking or construction techniques and plans. The woodworking aspect is a means to an end. It’s about you and what you hear and want and having that all come together to create an object to make music with and ultimately inspire you.

The process is a collaborative one.

All of the choices in materials and design are the collaborative vision between us.   Every aspect is considered with regards to ergonomics, aesthetics, and sound production.     I want to build an instrument that fits you:  your hand size, aesthetic, and your playing style. Understanding your needs is the most important aspect of building a custom instrument.  I look forward to working with you.

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Custom


Guitars can be customized in almost any way.

Custom


Guitars can be customized in almost any way.

 
 

Together we can bring your guitar to life by working with you to find the materials and design that best fits your playing and aesthetic.

 

Feel more comfortable with a phone call?
You can reach me at 503-706-0910 during business hours on the West Coast.

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Restoration


Guitars, Ukuleles & Other String Instruments

Restoration


Guitars, Ukuleles & Other String Instruments

 
 

I have been doing professional repair and restoration work on fretted instruments for the past 6 years and have had the privilege to work on instruments from the baroque to the present.  I take on all kinds of restoration and repair projects and my lutherie shop is located on my property in Portland, Oregon.  

Please contact me if you would like to set up an appointment to drop by the shop. 

 
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About Max


About Max


Luthier & Musician

 

 

My journey into lutherie is a natural one. 

As a kid I was always drawing and making model planes and cars. Simultaneously, I was involved in music.  I had piano lessons starting in the 1st grade and I played music all the way thru college. 

I graduated with a BA in music from the University of Portland and studied classical guitar with Jeffrey Ashton and Scott Kritzer as well as attending numerous master classes.  While teaching music and performing after graduation,  I was always preoccupied with other projects: building furniture, painting cars, fiberglassing, etc... which led to me to try my hand at lutherie.  

It was a good feeling to be able to connect two of my passions - music and a hands-on construction project.  I made my first guitar in 2005 and I've been hooked ever since.  I am mostly self taught, but I am also lucky to live in a place where I am surrounded by gifted luthiers with whom I can learn and share.  

Doing repair work is a wonderful way to study the craft.

I worked for about 6 years in Kerry Char’s workshop repairing instruments and helping him with his custom builds. It was a great learning experience and helped me raise the bar to what I wanted to do with my own building. Being able to study instruments from the Baroque to the present is invaluable in shaping ones perspective.  Also, the work itself; things like completing hundreds of re-frets and neck resets build an invaluable skill set.