Wald Guitars

About Myself

I grew up with a passion for the guitar. Eventually I needed a guitar to be setup, and I became enamored with the subject. I decided to take a month-long guitar repair course at Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair. The next year I returned to complete their Mastery Program, and again the year after to apprentice in archtop guitar building with Sigmund Johannesson, the owner of the school and master archtop builder. In between these programs I was earning a college degree. I designed multiple independant courses focused on guitar building and repair, and carried them out with the help and supervision of Thomas Brown, the shop supervisor at the time. I was incredibly fortunate to spend one year apprenticing at The Guitar Specialist with Doug Proper. This was during my final year of college, and it was through Doug's mentorship that both my guitar repair and building skills improved dramatically.
One of the stray cats on Vancouver island who came daily to watch the guitars being made
A gallery featuring the first Wald Guitars, performance by Jazz artist Daan Kleijn

Today

Refining my craft

At PRS guitars, I’ve worked in the base coat department both level sanding laquer and as a prep artist. I have an acute eye for detail and am highly practiced in touchup work. In addition to my daily responsibilities, I have the distinct honor of being personally guided by Paul Reed Smith in some of the finer aspects of building guitars. Our meetings have given me perspective, and his advice is invaluable. Independantly I am the sole proprietor of Wald Guitars. I repair, build and restore instruments in the Stevensville MD area. Anyone with a fretted instrument and anyone who wants a truly special guitar, I welcome you to my shop.
Carved Hondruan Mahogany Back, Sitka Spruce top
Me and my mentor Doug Proper: The Guitar Specialist

About Myself

I grew up with a passion for the guitar. Eventually I needed a guitar to be setup, and I became enamored with the subject. I decided to take a month-long guitar repair course at Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair. The next year I returned to complete their Mastery Program, and again the year after to apprentice in archtop guitar building with Sigmund Johannesson, the owner of the school and master archtop builder. In between these programs I was earning a college degree. I designed multiple independant courses focused on guitar building and repair, and carried them out with the help and supervision of Thomas Brown, the shop supervisor at the time. I was incredibly fortunate to spend one year apprenticing at The Guitar Specialist with Doug Proper. This was during my final year of college, and it was through Doug's mentorship that both my guitar repair and building skills improved dramatically.

Today

Refining my Craft

At PRS guitars, I’ve worked in the base coat department both level sanding laquer and as a prep artist. I have an acute eye for detail and am highly practiced in touchup work. In addition to my daily responsibilities, I have the distinct honor of being personally guided by Paul Reed Smith in some of the finer aspects of building guitars. Our meetings have given me perspective, and his advice is invaluable. Independantly I am the sole proprietor of Wald Guitars. I repair, build and restore instruments in the Stevensville MD area. Anyone with a fretted instrument and anyone who wants a truly special guitar, I welcome you to my shop.
One of the stray cats on Vancouver island who came daily to watch the guitars being made
A gallery featuring guitars built during my independant/field studies; performance by Daan Kleijn

Wald Guitars

Me and my mentor Doug Proper: The Guitar Specialist