Just got back from the ASIA (Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans) symposium in East Stroudsburg, PA. I had a great time reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. I also enjoyed some informative presentations ranging from guitar photography to international trade agreements.
I got a chance to visit the Martin factory to see how guitars are mass produced in an industrial setting. Martin makes 95,000 guitars a year in Nazareth and Mexico. Very interesting.
Finally I got to meet and hang out with the famous Ned Steinberger who created the concept behind the bridge I use for my Ascent Series guitars. Ned was kind enough to include my work in his keynote speech and to display one of my Ascent guitars at the exhibition.
All in all, a great week.