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Join us at the next meeting of the 2015-2016 season

Building Fine Guitars By Hand

Michael Keller

Saturday, September 17, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 6 Business & Training Center
1470 Industrial Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901

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I'll bring some samples of very rare guitar makers woods and show them one at a time describing what they are used for. Samples of shell inlay materials used are also shown and described. A few handmade tools are shown and described. A brief overview of the building process is given from start to finish. A very fine handmade guitar is also brought and shown. I'll bring two photo books full of guitars that I have built and pass them around for people to look at while I talk.

Hi, I am Michael Keller.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I began building guitars in 1975 under the guidance of world famous guitar maker Jeffery Elliott. I spent three years learning from him before I moved to Minnesota with my wife. In 1980, I opened a shop in the Rochester area and began building guitars and doing repairs and restoration of string instruments. For many years I was doing some of Rochester's school district instrument repairs. I have been showing my guitars at major exhibitions and museums all across the United States since 1976. Recently did a show of my work at the McNally College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My guitars have been featured in many music publications and magazines and on national public television and radio. I occasionally will take apprentices wishing to study guitar making.

Check out Michael's web page at:

Please invite your spouse, family, friends and neighbors - visitors are always welcome!

Return your library books and check out some new ones!

Remember to bring your "Show and Tell" items. 

Your review of changes to Club Constitution/Bylaws

Club board member Tim Melin has been working hard to coordinate an officer/board revision of the Club Constitution/Bylaws to reduce the time and personal commitment that members make to be a president/vice-president of the club. You can find an outline of the proposed changes and a version of the proposed Club Constitution/Bylaws here:

If you have any questions/comments about the changes, please send a note to or talk with Tim before or during the next meeting.

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