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Californian luthier Justin Abernethy has built a reputation for creating boutique instruments that fuse offset soul with vintage esoterica. The man himself tells us all about his journey to boutique guitar nirvana…

How did you get into guitar?

“I was a high-school freshman in 1990 when Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and a long list of other great bands were starting to put albums out. It was a great time for music and the guitar. I had to learn how to play, no matter what… I bought an Antares Les Paul copy for $25 and it was all over.

I was tearing the thing apart before I could even play. I had no idea what I was doing, I just wanted to know everything about it. Soon, a good friend started teaching me how to play over the phone and before I knew it, we were playing in a band…”

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