“I have these big meat hooks, so I can pick up a lot of wonderful guitars, but if I played them for two hours, I’d be cramping. I only have one guitar that I didn’t build”: Meet bluegrass-shredding luthier Dan Wetzel

Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel
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It’s not unusual for musicians to own custom guitars, built to their specifications, which they had a part in designing. Personally building their instruments from the ground up is not as common – but for Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, it makes sense.

While performing as a duo or with their band, True North, the two play original songs on original instruments that Wetzel builds in his home workshop. Each piece, like their songs, is unique – carefully crafted and labored over, telling its own story while perfectly woven into the fabric of the big picture.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.