Upcoming Events

Updated 3-19-2018


We are sponsoring the Aquanaut Variety Hour

March 29 in Minneapolis



We Are Exhibiting Guitars at The Minnesota Music Coalition

MN Music Summit April 13th 2018






The Colorado Guitar Show and Custom Luthier Expo Parker CO June 30 2018



The Wilson Center Guitar Festival

August 17, 18 Brookfield WI




News and Past Events



See our ad in the Spring 2018 issue of

Guitar Show and Custom Luthier Magazine



The Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Bluegrass Weekend

March 2-4 2018 at the Crowne Plaza West, Plymouth MN

Winter bluegrass 2018




Acoustic Guitar Magazine web page January 2018

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Tim Reede Guitars sponsored the Minnesota State Fair Roots Music Contests

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I exhibited guitars at the Wilson Center Guitar Festival

August 17-19 2017 in Brookfield WI

Wilson Guitar Festival



I spoke with James Walsh of Celebefex show for a broadcast on JCA Radio




September 2017 Premier Guitar Magazine

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Volume 3 of the Tim Reede guitars promo CD released

The CD includes original tunes by Jason Zimmerman, Elgin Foster, Sam Breckenridge, Tim Sparks, Christoph Bruhn, Jacob Juusola, Casey Smithley and Nolan James.





The Black Pearl is in the July 2017 Premier Guitar

Digital Magazine Acoustic Gear Showcase

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2017 Summer/fall Guitar Show and Custom Luthier Magazine

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Sam Breckenridge has a new video for the tune "The Fighter"



Sam Breckenridge does an interview with the Minneapolis StarTribune

Sam owns a guitar that I made and he plays it in the video interview.



I did an audio interview with usamericanmadeguitars.com webzine

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The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Associations'

Winter Bluegrass Weekend March 3-5 2017

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Winter/Spring Guitar Show and Custom Luthier magazine 2017

Guitar Show Mag



Sam Breckenridge "Looking Back" video release by Candyrat

and new EP release December 17th 2016

Sam uses his new Reede Jumbo guitar for both the EP and the Video

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CD release and Luthier discussion December 3 at the St. Paul Guitar Studio

This is a CD release show for David Martin and Mike Doolin.

It will also be a small guitar exhibit and discussion about guitar making and repair.

Gene Kushnir from the Guitar Squad and Studio 24 Guitars will be there as well as Mike Doolin and myself.


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January 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine mentions a guitar that I made that Tim Sparks plays.

The digital magazine includes a video that we did too.




Elgin Foster - Emmanual

This is a instrumental Christmas recording by guitarist Elgin Foster using a Tim Reede guitar.



The Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Forum Association Gathering

October 16th 2PM-4:30PM at the Underground Music Cafe 1579 Hamline Ave N, Falcon Heights MN

I brought some guitars to show. We will talk about acoustic guitars and play music.






Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration

September 30 to October 2 2016 At the Earl Warren Exhibit Hall, Santa Barbara CA




Thanks to Vintage Guitar Magazine for including my fan fret OM in the November 2016 issue



Thanks to the Guitar Site and Guitarristas for a nice write up about the Mercury

August 2016



Thanks to Premier Guitar Magazine for listing the New Mercury Guitar

August 2016





The Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show

August 6-7 2016 at the McNally Smith College of Music. This event is in partnership with the Lowertown Guitar Festival concert in St. Paul MN





The 2016 release Never Look Back by 3 Pill Morning uses the Meridian 5 bass




Thanks to "Guitar Show and Custom Luthier Magazine" summer/fall issue

for featuring my guitar on the cover, and in "Meet the Luthier" section.



TrueFire presents Tim Sparks Fingerstyle Blues Tool Kit

Tim Sparks uses a guitar that I made for these blues lessons



Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Winter bluegrass weekend

March 4,5,6 2016 at the Crown Plaza West, Plymouth MN


Winter weekend




Thanks to Vintage Guitar Magazine for including 0ne of my basses in an article called "42 Modern Basses" in the April 2016 issue




Issue #2 of Fingerstyle Guitar Journal features an article and video by Tim Sparks where he talks about and plays one of my guitars



See my ad in the March 2016 issue of Vintage guitar magazine (NAMM issue)



The CD "Sounds of Source" by Nolan James was recorded using a Reede guitar

Nolan uses the guitar for percusion as well as melody and chords. Much of this instrumental work uses samples and effects to create a spectacular aural landscape.






Thanks to the Star Tribune Sunday paper, Tim Sparks and the group Rio Nido for a photo that included the Librada guitar December 6 2015




Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Harvest Jam

November 21 2015 at the Marriott Minneapolis West



Guitar Bench Magazine issue 14 has a feature about my Sinker Redwood OM




Tim Sparks played a guitar that I made at the

Ullapool Guitar Festival in Scottland October 2-4 2015





In 2015 a video using one of my guitars has had great sucess.

Thanks to Sam Breckenridge and CandyRat Records





November 2015 Vintage Guitar Magazine includes my Ziricote OM in an article called

"50 Modern Acoustic Guitars"





Jason Zimmerman released his new full length recording "A Happy Time"

One of my guitars was used on this recording.




September 2015 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine talks about my Sinker Redwood OM

exhibited at the Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival



The July 2015 Growler Magazine features Tim Reede Guitars in the Craft Culture section


Photo by Kristine Erickson




Acoustic Guitar Magazine did a music video with Tim Sparks playing one of my guitars at the 2015 Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival





The Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival

June 5-7 2015 at the Hilton Memphis Tennessee


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See my ad in Acoustic Guitar magazine 2015




The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Associations Winter Bluegrass Weekend

March 6-8 2015 at the Crowne Plaza West, Plymouth MN

Winter bluegrass

Winter 2015



I now make Ukuleles too!



Another thanks to Premier Guitar Magazine for inluding my Apollo guitar

in the "Gear Radar" section of the December 2014 print issue.


The Guitar Site did an excelent write up on the Apollo in October 2014


Premier Guitar Magazine did a nice write up about the Apollo in October 2014




See me in Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014




Ryan Lee is on tour of US and Canada with 3 Pill Morning winter 2014



The Woodstock Luthiers Showcase October 24-26, 2014

Woodstock New York.



The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Home Grown Kickoff

May 30- June 1 2014

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Panel discussion on instrument construction

with David Vincent and Lloyd LaPlant




See my add in Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014



Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Winter Bluegrass Weekend,

Crown Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel, Plymouth, MN. February 28-March 2, 2014.

Winter 2014

Winter 2014




Guitarbench Magazine issue 8 2013 did a nice photo spread of my Librada



I am incuded in Acoustic Guitar Magazines 2013 Hoilday Gift Guide



Cashe' at the Casket Arts Building November 1,2,3 2013 Minneapolis MN.

I have been invited as a guest artist at this fine event.





I did a video interview with Acoustic Guitar magazine

while at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013






The Librada is getting some buzz

Here is the link to Premier Guitar Magazine write up.

And the Guitar site.

And Zenesz magazine



Guitar Interactive



The Healdsburg Guitar Festival, August 9th-11th 2013

at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA


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The second Tim Reede Custom Guitars demo CD is completed.





Ryan Lee on a nationwide tour with 3 Pill Morning summer 2013







I am included in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine June 2013 issue Summer Gear Guide




The Minnesota Music Coalition Minnesota Music Summit industry networking party,

June 6 2013 at the Summit brewery.




Get On The Grid, The Icehouse Minneapolis, May 19th.

I was a sponsor and I brought some guitars to exhibit.





October 26-28 2012. The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

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May 19th-20th 2012 The Chicago Guitar Show

4 Amigos presents the annual Chicago guitar show at the DuPage Expo, St. Charles, IL




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These recordings in 2012 include performances with my guitars.


Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings "Machine"




Electro 35 "Loose Ends"

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Cabin Fever, March 23-25 2012 Radisson hotel Duluth, MN

A Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association sponsored event featuring stage shows and jam sessions and instrument and other craft vendors.

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Acoustic Guitarathon

December 2nd 2011

The Minnesota Guitar Society presents five acoustic guitarists at the Sundin Hall of Hamline University.

Steve Kaul performed with one of my guitars.






McNally Smith College of Music, Industry Networking Gathering

November 30th 2011 at the Amsterdam Bar St. Paul MN



The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

October 22 & 23 at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock New York.

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Midwest International Guitar Summit

Sept 15-18 2011

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I am very pleased to be included in a book by John Fellman called "Meeting the Makers" (Minnesotas Finest Guitar Builders).


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The Healdsburg Guitar Festival

August 12-14 2011 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa Santa Rosa California.


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Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association

Winter Bluegrass Weekend

March 4-6th 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

Winter bluegrass



The Koa OM appeared in issue 1010 of the LMI catalog




In 2010 John Fellman reviews one of my early guitars at

Luthier's Review

Hear sound samples there too.





I am quoted in an article in the October 2010 Acoustic Guitar Magazine about the Sonic Sitka Project.



The Montreal Guitar Show

July 2-4 2010

This guitar show is one of the best custom guitar shows in north America and defiantly the best in Canada. It is part of the Montreal Jazz Festival.




Read about my trip to the 2010 Montreal Guitar Show

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The first demo CD project is finished in 2010. It features some great players including Mike Cramer,Steve Kaul, Cooker John , and Nolan James

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Throughout history guitar makers have tried to understand why one guitar sounds good and another sounds great.

A greater understanding of why will lead to more consistently great sounding instruments.

Some experiments have been very helpful, like the Chladni mode patterns.

The Sonic Sitka Project involves many different kinds of guitars built by 101 different luthiers.

I am one of the luthiers for this project. The guitars have various scale lengths, they have different woods and finishes.

They will be kept in different parts of the country and they will be played in different ways.

The one thing that all of these guitars have in common is that all of the sound boards are made from wood from the same part of the same tree.

Dennis Merrill will be sampling the sounds of these guitars over time and observing the audible changes.

With this information we will be able to see if there is a consistent pattern, and we will learn something about how a guitars sound matures.

Here are my contributions to this project



The Newport Guitar Festival

In South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood Florida April 16, 17, 18 2010


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The Blue Electric Guitar

The first blue guitar collection was commissioned by Scott Chinery. Mr. Chinery was a famous guitar collector.

He had purchased a guitar from James D'Aquisto. It was a blue Centura Deluxe and it was hailed as being a masterpiece.

When James D'Aquisto died in 1995, Scott Chinery asked some of the best archtop builders in the world

to make a blue archtop guitar as a tribute to James D'Aquisto and the blue Centura Deluxe.

This became the Blue Guitar collection. The collection went on to be exhibited at the Smithsonian.

The second blue guitar collection was the brainchild of another famous guitar collector, Henry Lowenstein.

It is a tribute to the late Scott Chinery and the first Blue Guitar collection.

This latest collection features all electric guitars. My guitar is one of them.

It was exhibited as a collection at the Newport Guitar festival in Florida in 2010.

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"The Blue Guitar exhibit"


Healdsburg Guitar Festival

Healdsburg California, August 14-16 2009

This is one of the great custom guitar festivals in north America.










I have been using D'Addario strings long before I began building guitars. Strings make a big difference to the sound of an instrument.

I am very pleased that in 2009 I became a partner with this fine company. You can learn more about D'Addario strings by clicking on the logo below.






Click this link to read the 2009 interview with Tim Reede by Custom Guitar Boutique.

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Art of the Guitar

February 26 -June 7, 2009: A Luthiers Renaissance. Plains Art Museum 704 First Ave. N. Fargo ND.

My guitars were part of an exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota.

This exhibit featured guitars from some of the finest independent luthiers in the business today as well as guitars of historic significance.


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I am very pleased that my guitars are featured in a book by Michael Heatley called Guitar, released in 2008.





In 2008 I did an audio interview with the on-line magazine American Made Guitars.






The Guild of American Luthiers Convention

June 11-15 2008



The Newport Guitar festival

April 11th-13 2008, in Miami Beach Florida.






The January/February 2008 issue of Marq Magazine features Tim Reede's Leopard electric guitar

in an article comparing the virtues of a vintage Fender Telecaster with the virtues of a new custom made guitar by Tim Reede.


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival

August 17-19 2007, , Healdsburg California

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The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans Symposium

May 2007, Springfield Missouri.





The Newport Guitar Festival

August 2006,, Newport RI.





The Guild of American Luthiers Convention

June 2006, Tacoma WA.




Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Home Grown Kickoff

May 2006, at the El Rancho Manana, Richmond MN




Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans Symposium

Manchester MD June 2005




In a Minnesota Public Radio story about the Southeast Technical Guitar Building Program,

Phil Heywood is interviewed and talks about a guitar that I made while in school, and he is pictured holding it.




The graduation exhibit of guitars at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing MN 2005




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