For 25 years, I have committed myself to designing and building for people who love to play fine guitars. Guitars that respond to your musical knowledge, your skill and your touch... guitars that inspire you to continue to grow as an artist and musician.
I came to this life's work through a series of fortunate encounters with great people who inspired me on my creative path. Since setting up shop in the heart of New York City, I have built and repaired guitars for many exacting musicians -- John Abercrombie, Joe Beck, Sheryl Bailey, Jimmy Vivino, the Blue Man Group, John Fohl and Kenny Loggins, to name a few. I've had the good fortune to spend time with Bob Benedetto, who graciously shared a lifetime of his unique knowledge. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play, study, and repair many D'Angelico and D'Aquisto guitars, experience which helped me appreciate the acoustic potential of carved archtop instruments in the tradition of Stradivarius. After experiencing how a great archtop can sound I'm always reaching for consistency of each note on the neck, with the same volume, richness and tone in every position and in every key.
I have found through continuous experimentation that this level of musical output can be achieved while delivering to guitarists comfort and playability which -- I am told by my clients -- they have never experienced in any other guitars. My goal is for you to enjoy playing hour after hour, to own a guitar that maintains its stability but grows in volume, richness and investment value year after year.
I hope you enjoy my website, but please remember that playability and tone are what make it a McCurdy guitar.
- Ric McCurdy
For more insite into what sinspires me, check out the Wall Street Journal Article "Picking Work That You Love To Do".