ABOUT THE BUILDER
Robert O’Brien designs, builds and sells custom classical, flamenco, steel string and electric guitars. His guitars are built one at a time to the specifications of each client. Robbie offers custom wood selections, including Brazilian Rosewood. Options including cutaway designs and sound ports are also available. A high gloss finish is standard for his steel string guitars and French polish is standard on his classical guitars.
- How did you get started building instruments? I was living in Brazil and was fortunate enough to find someone willing to teach me how to build guitars. I was already a classical player at that time and a wood worker. So, the next logical step was to put the two things together and build my own instrument.
- What differentiates your instruments from others in the field? My instruments are what I like to call, simple but elegant, built one at a time in my shop using traditional methods.
- What about the ACCESS brand resonates with you? ? I do a lot of teaching and all of my students need cases for the instruments they build with me. I had been using Access for years for my personal commissioned guitars and the price and quality of the Access cases worked well for my students as well.