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Even before he discovered the guitar, Saul Koll was interested in how things worked--deconstructing his toys and reassembling them to his taste. When he was 12, he discovered the joys of playing the guitar- and the book Classic Guitar Construction by Irving Sloan. By the time he came across the book again while studying sculpture at San Diego State University, he was building his own instruments. And after some tutoring by Jon Peterson and Glen Mers at the World of Strings in Long Beach, CA, the former sculptor founded the Koll Guitar Company.
These days, Koll designs and crafts guitars for Premier Builder’s Guild, Empire, and Hottie guitars—in addition to filling custom orders from his Portland, Oregon shop.