We’re on location in scenic hill country just outside of Austin with luthier Walker Doubleday, founder of Doubleday Guitars. In this episode, we talk about his humble beginnings, as well as his time as a luthier with Collings leading up to his decision to start his own boutique guitar company. Walker also gives us a tour of his shop, where we see firsthand the traditional and custom tools used to construct each of his instruments, getting an overview into the complex building process.
We also sample some guitars via an impromptu jam in the showroom of Walker’s shop.
Doubleday Guitars offers the utmost quality in every instrument. Each guitar is handcrafted with careful precision. From the choice of woods to the shape of the body, carve of the neck, threading of the truss rod, and hand-wound pickups, every Doubleday guitar comprises the finest materials and hardware available. Finished with an ultra-thin, all-nitrocellulose lacquer and buffed to a mirror finish, these guitars are built strong and set up to perfection.
Walker attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2014, becoming a Certified Luthier. There, he was taught how to craft quality acoustic and electric guitars, as well as make high-quality hand scatter wound pickups. For nearly a decade, Walker has built custom high-end acoustic guitars in Austin, Texas before opening up his own company a few years ago. Make sure to stop by Doubleday Guitars when you’re in the Austin area or check them out online via the links below!
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Skunk is a musician, primarily known as the frontman and guitarist for eclectic heavy-rock band A Good Rogering. Since moving to Austin in 2004, he has recorded and performed with a wide variety of bands and solo artists over a career spanning more than 20 years and has shared the stage with notable acts, such as Skid Row, Marty Friedman, Uli Jon Roth, George Lynch and Metal Church among others. Skunk not only works as a performing musician and recording artist, but also as a producer and music teacher. With two decades of insight into what it means to be a professional musician and a passion for not only music, but comedy and general chatter, Skunk was quick to jump at the opportunity to co-host a podcast with longtime friend, Victor Ramos.
A Texas native, Victor’s early musical influences are a mixture of classic rock albums played by his Vietnam vet father and a whole lot of ‘the Fab Four’ via his Beatles-loving mother. Sprinkle in some classic country and Motown, and you have a man that would say “¿que?” when other Tejanos would ask what his favorite cumbia was. After a stint in the Marines, Victor moved to Austin in 2000 and began working in the tech industry. He met Skunk in a Spanish class in 2005 and the two discovered a shared passion for not only beer, but music. After years of collectively attending concerts and talking music, the idea to start a podcast centering around such topics seemed like a logical endeavor.