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About Flip
Sometime
in the early 1970’s
my parents brought a Spanish guitar back from a trip to Tenerife. The gift of the guitar surprised me, since I don’t remember wanting to play guitar. All I did at the time was draw cartoons, copying things I saw in MAD magazine that struck my funny bone. I started playing mostly classical guitar repertoire, since that was what my teacher taught.
Mandolin Brothers Workbench Staten Island, New York 1990 Photo by Gene Lowinger
Still frame from “Talking Guitars”. A film by Claire Pijman 2007.
Closeup of blueprints with neck of convertible guitar crafted for Mary Halvorson 2014
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I cannot imagine doing any work on my guitars without Flip's participation or supervision. A wonderful guitar maker and craftsman.

Paul Simon

Flip treats every guitar with respect like they are works of art, and when he makes a guitar for you, it is a work of art.

Edie Brickell

So remember.....if you need an instrument fixed or repaired in the NY area or anywhere around the globe.....good luck!

True Craftsmanship
I did learn certain
things during the time
repairing and restoring the unusually large and varied Guild guitar line proved to be an immeasurable source of knowledge about all things guitar. I worked at the Rhode Island factory for a few years, while making the acquaintance of renown luthiers Mark Lacey and Kim Walker, who were respectively the head of R&D and manager of final assembly and both responsible for building a number of prototypes. I also was lucky enough to meet and work for a number of artists playing Guilds, among them Richie Havens, Rick Danko and Livingston Taylor, the latter being the first major American artist who commissioned me to make him…
View trailer for
Talking Guitars
a film by Claire Pijman
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