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My name is Rawge and I live in N
California. I have always been interested in the
3-R's. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Reduce how much you use... Re-use everything that
you can ... and recycle everything else. Even my little guitar shop was made
out of re-purposed wooden garage doors! Remember the story of Jesus feeding the
multitude? At the end of the meal He told them to pick up the scraps and not
to waste anything!
That is the idea behind ReBorn Guitars.
I enjoy taking old stringed instruments,
especially guitars and giving them new life. Hardware may fail and pieces
may drift out of adjustment, but wood typically just gets better with age.
I locate guitars at yard sales, thrift shops, eBay, Craigslist and from
donations. There are many brands of guitars that were made in the 70's,
80's, 90's and even the present that are made from nice wood, but might be
rather plain to look at. I take some of these instruments and dress them up
with inlays, bindings and rosettes and add a pickup so they can be used on
stage. Others I just clean and repair, level and re-crown the frets, set the
action and add new strings. It is very rewarding and relaxing to sit out in
my little guitar shop and work on these instruments. I learn more with
each new challenge.
Here is where my little shop is
different from others. I make these guitars available for free to ministry
leaders, missionaries, special-needs teachers and students. I have
donated a number of guitars to schools that have lost their music
programs. A nice
instrument may open a whole world of opportunities. If you are a Christian
Youth Group leader, Worship team member, teacher or student in the N. California
area and need a guitar, or you just want to give your current guitar some
maintenance, feel free to send me an email.
If you are a missionary or soldier and need a guitar to take with you on
your travels, please check out my friend Scott's web site
I do not operate as a 501-3 (c) and I
don't work under a large church. All of this gets funded by my
working overtime at my regular job. Please contact me if you have an old instrument,
case, amp, or parts
that you would like to donate. You can also click the Support link at top
and make a donation, or even better, use the Musician's Friend link below
to make a purchase. I receive 6% of the sale if you use the link. Thanks!
I also make crosses and
take cross photographs.
my CROSS website here.