Guitar Restoration With Love

Frank Ford and Richard Johnston explain their passion for the guitar.

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“Our goal is to promote the good feelings that we’ve gotten playing music ourselves” Frank Ford says, “if we could make more musicians we’d like to do that.“ He and Richard Johnston began Gryphon Stringed Instruments from their Palo Alto garage in 1969, but for the duo music is only part of the draw. Ford and Johnston view the instruments as a connection to history, both personal and musical. Filmmaker Mike Collins goes inside their guitar shop (no longer located in the garage) to see what drives the guitar-makers to continue building and refurbishing guitars more than 40 years after the birth of their business. 

To see more films by Cinema Mercantile check out their other shorts The Spare Parts Company and ReStore.

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Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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