Monday, May 20, 2013


T H E  I N T E R V I E W: 

by Terrence Tan


Thanks for taking the time to speak to us,
Kenny. I was wondering how you got started in

In around 1971 a friend of mine had a small guitar shop in Portland Oregon, and one day the guitar repairman went to lunch and didn’t come back. He went to study meditation or something. I wasn’t working at the time and my friend just
said “Oh you can do it”, and gave me the job. So I just began doing repairs, doing my best to figure out ways of accomplishing results. There were very few books or suppliers at the time, so I just had to use my own imagination.
I started learning to play classical guitar at about the same time, learning Bach on an old Manuel de la Chica flamenco guitar.
A few months later I moved to Santa Barbara and started my own little guitar shop, doing repairs and some buying and selling. One day someone offered me a small collection of guitar making tools, books and materials for a good price, and I bought them. This triggered me to make my first classical guitar, it was a logical next step. And that first guitar sounded pretty good. I was continuing to practice guitar playing every day, and the two things, building and playing, became fully entwined in my mind, so I simply continued building and playing in about equal parts as a lifestyle. I was single, in my 20s, living on the coast in California, it was a very good time.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

And the winner is....

Perry Weissburg and his new Hill Guitar

Robert "Perry" Weissburg


Congratulations to the Omni Foundation raffle winner of the Hill Guitar Company Performance Series Classical Guitar Perry Weissburg.

Perry Weissburg & Richard Patterson  
Perry is from Belmont, CA and is studying the classical guitar. He was absolutely thrilled to win.
What a great match!
Robert "Perry" Weissburg & Richard Patterson
Director of the Omni Foundation.