Bruce discovered his love of guitar making at the age of 19. After realizing that he yearned to do something he was passionate about, he quit college and took a job on a dude ranch in Colorado on a whim. While there, Bruce happened upon a $15 guitar making kit. It was crude, but once completed he knew he had found his calling. Bruce began building his own guitars and attending luthier conventions whenever possible. He then took a position assisting a maker of tracker action pipe organs, which provided him with invaluable insight into temperament, scales, and tone production, and simultaneously began building his dream home complete with a well-outfitted guitar shop below. This is where Petros Guitars resides to this day. Bruce continues his work with his son, Matthew. Bruce and his wife Katie currently reside in Kaukauna, WI.
Matt began spending every moment he could in his father’s guitar shop in the basement of their Wisconsin home as soon as he was old enough to make it down the stairs. It was soon clear to his father that he had the same penchant for woodworking and innovating that his father did. By the time Matt was 22 years old, Petros Guitars had grown to the point that orders were coming in quickly enough to bring him on full time.
Today, Matt builds the majority of each instrument produced at Petros Guitars. His extensive skills and abilities allow Bruce to continue developing new models, tooling, jigs, and designs that keep Petros Guitars at the top of their game. Matt and his wife and their two daughters also currently reside in Kaukauna, WI.
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