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GIL YARON GIL YARON GUITARS

Renowned the world over for his unbelievably accurate recreations of golden-era vintage electrics, Gil Yaron now brings a remarkable attention to detail to his own electric guitar creations. Dave Hunter learns about the Israeli luthier’s ‘calling’…

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GIL YARON GIL YARON GUITARS

Renowned the world over for his unbelievably accurate recreations of golden-era vintage electrics, Gil Yaron now brings a remarkable attention to detail to his own electric guitar creations. Dave Hunter learns about the Israeli luthier’s ‘calling’…

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF GIL YARON

Some things can only be achieved ‘for the love of it’. Whether it’s poetry, painting, or the making of fine hand-crafted musical instruments, the very best work is never done with one eye on the dollars-per-hour ratio. Take the guitars of Gil Yaron, an Israeli luthier who emigrated to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2015 along with his family. Yaron’s quest to recreate the sound and feel of the most exalted vintage electric guitars involved the sort of investment in his time and personal skill set that could never have been undertaken with any expectation of commensurate compensation— and yet he pressed on, pursued what could only be labelled ‘a calling’, and has delivered hundreds of incomparable instruments as a result.

The Gil Yaron name is likely best known for its appearance on his insanely accurate reproductions of vintage-spec Les Pauls, which are widely considered the finest available at any cost short of a genuine ‘59 Burst – as well as his meticulous homages to vintage Fenders. In recent years, however, Yaron has moved on to produce original models exclusively, although these are still entirely informed by the philosophy, skills, techniques, and mountains of data that he accumulated in his pursuit of the hidden secrets of the golden-age electric guitars.

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