Where to begin…
I guess it all began a couple of decades ago when I had this crazy idea to start my own drum company, Dark Horse Percussion. Over the last 22 years Dark Horse has become one of the world’s largest custom drum crafters. Having sold the business that I built from my parent’s basement, I am now focusing all my efforts into what has become Black 35 Guitars.
For more than two decades I have built thousands of drums, collaborated with hundreds of artists, had unforgettable experiences and have established great relationships with countless players. Over my tenure at Dark Horse Percussion I worked with artists from bands such as: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO, THE BOUNCING SOULS, THE WONDER YEARS, RX BANDITS, THE MENZINGERS, THE SCANDALS, TITLE FIGHT, EMINEM, and hundreds of others. (Pretty cool right?!)
So what does that have to do with guitars you might ask?
I have always loved guitars. Ironically enough in my own home, I have never actually possessed a SINGLE drum that I have built, yet have always had guitars and amps (I’m a total gear nerd). Over the years I have owned over 60 guitars, but sadly I have parted ways with them through selling, trading, or just kindling.
With Black 35 I have combined my knowledge of design, woodworking, and finishing with my creativity and great connections to renowned guitar luthiers, techs, and designers
I’m not trying to be the next “brand name” guitar company, but I am crafting unique, “perfectly imperfect” guitars that are that are affordable, versatile and full of character. Additionally, I am always looking to collaborate with players and businesses on ideas and designs which are unique to their own playing style and vision.
That pretty much sums it up. Feel free to hit me up and talk guitars, drums, sports, movies, or what have ya!
WHY BLACK 35?
All guitars built by Black 35 are crafted BY musicians; FOR musicians. Upon completion, each guitar receives a final, multi-step quality check to ensure precision and accuracy. We will not allow a guitar to leave the shop unless it meets our standard of excellence. With all of our guitars, it is not just about the aesthetics of their unique character, but also making sure they are at the highest level of quality and playability for any and all levels of players.
Whether you are a beginner or a weekend warrior, session players or touring artists; at Black 35, we want each and every guitar to be played, and played with pride. We want them to withstand the road and beyond, as we stand behind their playability and craftsmanship 110%.
At Black 35, our selection of color choices, configurations of body and neck design, components, and hardware finishes, are virtually limited only by your imagination. We aim to bring YOUR dream guitar to life. We are not just another, “relic” guitar company; instead, we set out to be a fully customizable guitar shop that works with each and every one of our customers on an individual basis to fulfill their vision, all while keeping the ordering process simple, efficient, and concise. If you can imagine it, we will do all we can to bring it to reality. From cutting edge technology, to timeless techniques – your imagination becomes our creation.
Here at Black 35, we are a family. Our Clan is comprised of a team of talented individuals, whose expertise in the music industry spans nearly three decades.
The Clan consists of former industry CEO’s and designers, experienced craftsmen, veteran “road dog” technicians, and touring artists; all of whom encompass an outstanding collection of family members who are first and foremost: musicians. We are musicians who love what we do, love what we play, and strive to ensure that each and every guitar we produce and play be just as good as, if not better than, the one before. With each new order, our family grows daily; with our Clan spanning the continents across the globe. Young and old, beginner to advanced, the Black 35 family is built on a foundation of honesty, trust, collaboration, and satisfaction. We aim to help each other, and share the love of guitars. Black 35 is so much more than a guitar company: the relationships and bonds we forge as a family are equally as important to us as creating a high-quality, long lasting product for you.