About Hubert Guitars: You do what? Really??

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

HI, I’m Bryan and I’m addicted to building cigar box guitars. Several years ago, I saw a musician named, Seasick Steve play a guitar made from 2 Morris Minor (little British car) hubcaps and thought the idea was awesome that someone could take these throw away items and turn them into something that not only was playable, but sounded good. Now, I’ve played bass guitar since high school and a little guitar as well. My step dad was a carpenter and taught me the basics of wood working, so I thought, “how hard could it be?”. I talked about it for months, non-stop, my wife was ready to strangle me. I took a week off work, bought materials, made a plan, drew up some schematics…..I was ready to build a masterpiece. As the week went on, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought and the final product was, well….a piece of crap. It was terrible, it was ugly, didn’t play well, and it soon went into the scrap wood pile. However, it sparked an interest that has only grown and is now what you see here as Hubert Guitars. I’ve built more than 50 guitars and ukuleles, I have some in music stores, on display at a music school run by a Grammy winning musician, and even have one of my guitars on display at the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, MO.

Until now, this has been my creative outlet and my escape from the rat race of corporate America. I’ve spent the last 17 years working for some of the largest financial institutions in the world, working in banking operations, insurance, underwriting, and risk management. I’ve earned my MBA and actually still have an active 2-20 general lines insurance license! However, I’ve recently left the financial services industry (not entirely by choice) and decided to put my energy into something I’m actually passionate about. Now, when people who know my professional background find out I’m building guitars, all I hear is “you do what? Really?”.

Aside from the enjoyment from the act of building guitars, I love the history of these and other homemade instruments and how the guitars themselves and those who played them have influenced society and culture. I’ll share this information as time goes on and hope it peaks other’s interest as well.

Until next time….

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