YGD Custom Shop | Fred Kosak’s Custom FG Guitar

Fred Kosak

Andrew Enns, a Senior Acoustic Guitar Builder at the Yamaha Guitar Development custom shop in Calabasas, California, recently built a one-of-a-kind FG acoustic guitar for Fred Kosak of Stillhouse Junkies.  Learn more about Fred and the guitar. I love that it retains some of the classic Yamaha design features while breaking new ground as a… Continue reading YGD Custom Shop | Fred Kosak’s Custom FG Guitar

YGD Custom Acoustic Guitars with Yamaha Acoustic Guitar builder Andrew Enns

YGD Luthier Andrew Enns

Yamaha Guitar Development is a custom shop in Calabasas, California, where luthiers build acoustic, electric, and bass guitars for Yamaha artists.  The shop is also a research & development facility, contributing to production guitars that are available to customers around the world.  In this interview, Master Acoustic Guitar Designer and Luthier Andrew Enns talks about… Continue reading YGD Custom Acoustic Guitars with Yamaha Acoustic Guitar builder Andrew Enns

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Yamaha Guitar Development Open House Online

The workshop at Yamaha Guitar Development

We recently celebrated 30 years of Yamaha Guitar Development during YGD’s debut Open House Online, which ​streamed live on Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm (PDT). Ampeg and Line 6 also participated in the event. The illuminating, artist-centric event marked the very first time the inner workings of the Yamaha Guitar… Continue reading Yamaha Guitar Development Open House Online

Custom Shop | Matteo Mancuso’s Revstar

Matteo Mancuso | Custom Revstar

Many fans first heard Italian guitarist Matteo Mancuso when SNIPS, a jazz/fusion band based in Sicily, released a video performance of “The Chicken.” With more than a million views on YouTube, the video is a showcase for his musicianship and unique fingerpicking technique, as he interprets the jazz-funk standard on his Revstar. Matteo recently collaborated… Continue reading Custom Shop | Matteo Mancuso’s Revstar

Custom Shop | Nathan East

Nathan East | Custom Headless Bass

Nathan East has been a Yamaha artist for more than three decades and remains one of the world’s most sought-after musicians. As a bassist, producer & songwriter, Nathan has collaborated with numerous top artists from Barry White and Kenny Loggins to Eric Clapton and Anita Baker. His Grammy Award winning steady groove and bass lines… Continue reading Custom Shop | Nathan East

Butch Walker | RubyRed Productions Insight

Butch Walker | Custom SA2200

Artist, songwriter, and Grammy nominated producer Butch Walker has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of America’s best singer-songwriters.”The Yamaha artist invited us into his RubyRed Productions studio in Santa Monica, where along with his own records, he has produced music by the likes of Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, The Struts, P!NK, and Brian… Continue reading Butch Walker | RubyRed Productions Insight

Custom Shop Chat | Billy Sheehan ATTITUDE LTD 3

Billy Sheehan | Custom Attitude Limited 3

Bass legend and longtime Yamaha artist Billy Sheehan has played bass on dozens of records and toured all over the world for many decades, his unique and original style of playing has been celebrated and documented everywhere. His playing, singing, songwriting, and contributions to his many recordings have resulted in millions of records sold, Platinum… Continue reading Custom Shop Chat | Billy Sheehan ATTITUDE LTD 3

Custom Shop | #YGDConcept Guitars

NAMM 2019 | Concept Pacifica

From the Yamaha Artist Services Facility in LA (YASLA), we not only make custom models and modifications to our artists’ instruments, we also like to experiment; testing different materials, finishes and designs, exploring how we can take our guitars in new directions. For NAMM 2019, our Senior Guitar Designer and Luthier Pat Campolattano worked his… Continue reading Custom Shop | #YGDConcept Guitars

Custom Shop Chat | Jade Puget’s Revstar

Jade Puget | Custom Revstar

Guitarist, producer, songwriter and synthesist Jade Puget is best known as one quarter of hardcore punk revivalists AFI (A Fire Inside). Since ’91, AFI have amassed a huge global following, played numerous worldwide tours and released 10 studio albums – ranging in genre. Last year we got acquainted with Jade and introduced him to the… Continue reading Custom Shop Chat | Jade Puget’s Revstar