Kip, guitar player since age 10, has been a lifelong fan of all things guitar, performance and building alike. In an effort to create instruments that were not easily available, he created Starr Guitars in early 2003 in his garage. He was extremely passionate about how they looked so he set out to learn all he could about the finishing aspects and dove deep into custom guitar finishing. This led to becoming an industry go-to when other builders needed their work finished and when the home-builder community needed something special.
His passion for building has never waned and we are proud to make as many Starr Guitars as we can, as often as we can.
Business partner, musician, listener, consultant, financial advisor to Starr and to hundreds of clients for a large firm, Ken's financial and business background are a solid compliment to Kip's craftwork. Over a decade of working together as friends and colleagues, they have built a solid foundation for Starr Guitars to stand on. Ken is both a music lover and a passionate guitar player and his love of the guitar itself is what brought him to the fold.
Justin, aka "the 'Fro", came to us in 2017 as a fantastic pro bass player who was interested in learning our part of making instruments. In these years since, he has become extremely skilled as a painter and been able to take control of the paint department allowing Kip to focus on building both instruments and the company. We are truly grateful to have him on our team.
One of my many trips to tech at Hard Rock Vault. We made sure that some of the most iconic rockstar guitars were still up to snuff and ready for action, even if they are just for display now. My pal, Jeff Nolan, and I exploring the cool.
What can I say. Please to enjoy...
I had a nice article written about me in the May 2017 VG wherein we discussed my role as restoration tech for the Hard Rock's guitar collection. It's part of an ongoing series about the amazing pieces of guitar history HRC owns.