Chavez, the proprietor of 812GUITARS, is working diligently to preserve the luthier’s art and has doing so for more than 20 years. Chavez started learning the luthier’s craft at age 16 at the legendary East Coast Music Mall, formerly located in Danbury, Conn., and within 18 months he was making neck-thru basses. While with East Coast, he was responsible for creating one-off custom- ordered guitars and basses. Working on dozens of custom instruments literally from the inside out, Chavez started melding some of his own ideas and experiences with the tried and true construction techniques that he saw in the guitars and bases he was working on. Starting his own line of guitars was the natural outcome, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Players instantly hear the rich tone and response in every one of the guitars built by Chavez.

Environmentally conscious, Chavez began to experiment making a Guitar from scraps of wood left over from home construction sites. And pushing his creativity he began by making custom guitar parts out of Corian, a material typically used for kitchen countertops and cutting boards. This material would be used in the design and construction of a new breed of instruments including inlays, bridges and tailpieces. Over the course of the past few years, Chavez has built a number of one-of-a-kind instruments for a wide range of customers from weekend warriors to professional musicians. Each built to the customer’s exact specifications to achieve optimal tonal qualities while pushing the common aestetics of what a guitar should be.



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