Gerry Collyard says his earliest memories involve a fascination with string instruments. In the early 70's while playing guitar and mandolin he began his study of the technical side of string instruments. This interest in the art of lutherie led him to complete the String Instrument Repair Program in Red Wing, Minnesota.
In 1983 Gerry moved to West Virginia to head up the repair department for the Fret N Fiddle music store. He worked there for 20 years doing expert setups, bridges, fingerboards, and restoration on guitars of high vintage value and violin family instruments. During this period he was also making custom instruments for his friends and fellow muscians.
In 2003 he moved his business to his home shop in Culloden, WV where he continues to do repair work for his many clients. He is also developing his fine line of handmade instruments. He has built a variety of fine quality string instruments. His steel string acoustic guitars are responsive and balanced with a warm and rich tone. His signature styling is contemporary and unique. In addition to his custom built acoustic guitars and arch top mandolins, Gerry has also built some very fine electric solid body mandolins!
With the experienced eye of a professional, Gerry evaluates an instrument and gives an estimate for the repair free of charge. Gerry is dedicated to the mastery of his art. His reputation for satisfying his customers has spread to include a national cliental.
Gerry plays the guitar and is an avid, accomplished mandolinist. Playing and enjoying many styles from traditional to rock, blues, and jazz, his many years of playing experience and involvement in the music scene has broadened his approach to lutherie to include not only the craftsmanship and technical side, but also the sensibilities of what a performing musician needs from his instrument.
Gerry Collyard is an Authorized Martin guitar repairman.