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Gil Carnal

I was born in Switzerland and basically grew up in my father’s wood shop. Thus began my lifelong relationship with sawdust and tools. I started playing guitars when I was 12. Since then the instrument has defined my life. After receiving a degree in music, I became a professional guitarist and teacher.

My travels brought me to California in the late 70’s where I met guitar maker, Kenny Hill. We struck up a friendship that remains to this day. I worked with Kenny off-and-on for a number of years before I set up shop on my own.

Over the years my experience with traditional building and experimentation with new technology led me to design my version of a guitar with lattice reinforced bracing.

The first results were promising. Before long I was able to create instruments that were more powerful and responsive than traditionally built guitars. They also had better sustain while retaining the beauty and color of the traditional sound.

If you have any questions or would like to try a Gil Carnal Guitar give me a call or send an e-mail: 408-515-7051 (cell) 408-353-5886 gil@gilcarnal.com

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