Hey everyone! I'm happy to say I finally joined up as an SS Vendor, something I've been meaning to do for a while now. I'm Paul Rhoney, a professional guitar maker here in sunny Sacramento. I have my own line of original design guitars that I make out of a shop that I rent space in from fellow guitar maker Doug Kauer. A little history... I first got an interest in luthiery at the age of sixteen when I was first given a Stew-Mac catalog. I didn't jump right into it immediately, but it did give me the boost to start taking apart and messing with my guitars. I did a lot of mods and really awful paint jobs on my guitars for years, until about 2007 when I started buying books and tools and really getting into it. I had some jobs that got me really proficient at Adobe Illustrator, and so I drafted my ideas for guitars full-scale with that. Early 2010 I quit my regular corporate job, fully intending to work somewhere else, but my friends and family all encouraged me to give the guitar making business a go. That was probably a terrible idea, but I have been doing it ever since. Usually when people ask me how or where I learned to make guitars I tell them "I just made really bad guitars for a long time." That is to say I learned many things the hard way, by making mistakes and keeping track of what not to do again. I sill love doing this, and these days I feel really good about the guitars I make. I hope that if any of you have the opportunity to play one of my guitars you won't pass it up. A little detail... Primarily my guitars are vintage-inspired but with modern influence. I have five models in my regular lineup, each of which I offer with many different options. Rather than list everything about the model lineup here, I'll invite all of you to visit my website and check them out for yourself. Paul Rhoney Guitars But, since this is SevenString.org, I will talk a little bit about me and my relationship with extended range guitars. For me I always liked down-tuned guitars, and Fender Bass VI's. I can respect the heck out of playing high up on the fretboard at 128 notes per second, but I've always preferred the mighty riff, the slow chug, brooding groove, and thicker, heavier tones. I'm a self-confessed post rock whore, so it seemed to me like for a long time there wasn't much out there in terms of bands that were playing ERG's and doing something that I liked with them. But recently I've found some stuff that I think is just awesome and it got me looking around at the ERG world. You guys are celebrating stuff here that the other forums just aren't paying attention to, and it's refreshing to someone like me. I like reading these discussions about hardware, woods, and everything else that goes into a guitar, and looking at it all with new eyes. Tradition is all fine and good, and my favorite guitars are all from the 50's and 60's too. But for me as a musician, I have no desire to make the same music and the same guitar tones that have been replicated countless times already. I just like things that are different, and rare. That, and I've played some amazing guitars in my life, and the feeling I got from it is totally addictive. A little more... So I now dub this the "official" Paul Rhoney Guitars mega master thread here on SS.org, and if you ever have any questions for me, or whatever general discussion about my guitars that you want to post, here's the place to do it. I will try to pop in here at least once a day and also try to post new stuff from the shop when I can. I'm not a fast builder, so progress is usually pretty slow, and I forget to take pictures sometimes. But I have a good lot of repeat customers and still have a lot of fun.