John Gilbert was an American luthier. He was born in New York in 1922. He was working as a tool engineer a the Hewlett Packard company when he received the pamphlet called " How to build your own spanish guitar," from a co-worker. Gilbert used this pamphlet to teach himself the art of guiltar construction. He did it as a hobby for ahwile until 1974 when the positive feedback he received from players made him make the decision to begin building full time.
Gilbert was an innovator of the guitar. He added his own bridge to his guitars which, due to it's metal pin sysytem, allows each individual sting to be adjusted without affecting another string. He also beagn to design his own tuners. Gilbert will be remembered for his great attenion to detail and innovative ideas in the guitar world.
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