Meet Sean Frey | Frey Custom Guitars
Sean Frey is a custom guitar builder who got his itch to build custom guitars about 4 years ago. Since he has always had a passion for putting things together – lego, lincoln logs, etc. – it was natural for him to want to figure out guitars. As a guitar tech by trade, Sean would hang out with another guitar tech friend, Josh Buskirk, who also built custom acoustic guitars. His friend, Josh, would build custom acoustic guitars from old pianos he would tear apart.
Seeing this process fascinated Sean: taking something old and broken and turning it into a beautiful and usable object. This would spark Sean to learn how to build custom guitars of his own. Though Sean was a complete beginner to woodworking and creating custom guitars, he had a lot of help from another friend Jim Mcbride. With Jim, Sean was able to build his first electric guitar.
Starting and Building the Custom Guitar Business
Being a novice at woodworking, Sean had lots of research ahead of him to find the machine that would work best. After trying to make a basic desktop-type bandsaw to work, Sean got back to researching the best machine to make custom guitars on. He settled on a Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw after more heavy research. The 14|12 was the right size for what he needed.
Since his custom guitars are cut out of one piece, he needed 12″ of clearance to resaw blocks to make perfectly matched tops and backs. With the new bandsaw purchase, Sean has been able to speed up his custom guitar building time within about a month. Even if the customer requests exotic woods, his bandsaw is able to handle the pressure he demands of it.
Perfecting His Custom Guitars
As he continues to perfect his work, Sean is getting more and more orders for his custom guitars and basses. Thankfully, his 14|12 has run smoothly and hasn’t needed to contact customer service, but is confident he’ll be helped if needed. Since his initial purchase of the bandsaw, he’s produced 7 guitars of all kinds of materials and designs.
Advice for new Woodworkers, Hobbyists, and Professionals
As Sean says, “My advice would be that if you are in the market for an affordable shop floor bandsaw, the Laguna 14/12 is tough to beat. The Laguna resaw king blade is phenomenal also!”