Tim Reede Biography

My father was a science professor and my mother was a therapist and a visual artist so I was always encouraged to be creative and to try to understand how things work. But as a child in the sixties I remember hearing music that opened a whole new dimension of expression. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This attraction has led me to work with music for much of my life. In high school I worked with a mobile sound system that traveled to small towns for schools dances. With money earned, I bought a used electric guitar. In college I studied broadcasting and I worked as a DJ for a radio station. After college I worked in a machine shop by day and in the evening as a DJ at a nightclub.

In 1986 I moved to Ohio to attend school at the Recording Workshop studying sound engineering. After school I moved to Minneapolis and worked as a music buyer for a record store called The Electric Fetus. I formed a band in 1988 and began modifying guitars for myself and others, trying to make guitars play and sound better.

In 1997 I graduated from the cabinetmaking program at Minnesota State College Minneapolis Technical. I worked as a professional craftsman at a custom cabinet shop for over twenty years. During that time we worked on the homes of some of the wealthiest families in the state. Our work appeared in publications including Architectural Digest, on the cover of Midwest Home magazine, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and on the TV show "Home Time".

In 2004 I began thinking about making an acoustic guitar. That urge led me to the guitar building and repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota. Looking back it seems that all of the experiences of the past were necessary steps for me to becoming a Luthier. It really has combined my skills as a woodworker with a passion for music, and the art and science that I learned for my parents. In 2015 I began a teaching role at the Southeast Technical College guitar construction program where I was once a student.

During the past fourteen years I have exhibited at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California, the Montreal Guitar Show, the Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival, The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration, The Woodstock Invitational Luthier’s Showcase and the Newport Guitar Festival in Rhode Island and Miami Florida, where I contributed to the Blue Electric guitar exhibit, a tribute to the late Scott Chinery and the first Blue Guitar collection. This latest collection featured all blue electric guitars. I have also contributed to The Art of the Guitar exhibit in 2009 at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota which featured guitars from independent luthiers as well as guitars of historic significance. My work has been featured in a book by Michael Heatley called "Guitar" and a book by John Fellman called "Meeting the Makers, Minnesota's Finest Guitar Builders". In 2016 I organized a new instrument exhibit called the Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show that featured luthiers and performers from the region.

My goal is to create instruments that are beautiful, have amazing sound quality and are a joy to play. When it comes to guitar construction you could say I am a traditionalist. There is not much difference between how instruments were made years ago and how I make them now. I use hot hide glue because it is acoustically transparent. It dries very hard, allowing vibrations to transfer cleanly. I enjoy the diversity of the guitar family which is why I make a variety of instruments. From historic designs to guitars with modern features, each has its strengths and purpose.-



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