“Recently, Flip set me up with a Vietnamese-style scalloped fingerboard Teisco, suitable for Cai-Luong music. So now, I can confidently accept those good-paying wedding and birthday jobs down around Little Saigon, in Orange Country. A gig is a gig, and glad to get it! ”
I cannot imagine doing any work on my guitars without Flip's participation or supervision. A wonderful guitar maker and craftsman.
Flip is like a Renaissance craftsman— every single line and curve of his work is executed with the most elegant attention to the tiniest detail.
I have known and worked with Flip Scipio for over 25 years. He is a master craftsman, top notch luthier, fearless tinkerer and problem solver......and always dedicated to getting it right.
Every instrument Flip builds is a one-of-a-kind work of art. His creativity, craftsmanship and vision is unparalleled. When I approached Flip about building a new guitar for me, I was fully confident he would do something incredible. Still, once the instrument was finished, it had somehow managed to exceed all my expectations. I think Flip is a magician of the highest order.
Made for Mary Halvorson
Flip Scipio is, simply put: the best there is. Repair doesn’t begin to describe his work: in addition to his own creations and restorations, he re-imagines guitars. He’s magically turned my own into... what I’d always hoped they’d be.
I could have sworn Flip left that propelling pencil we found in my flat in 1981, but he said it's not his. I should have known, of course – he's too meticulous to use a .09 lead Papermate. He's one of only two people in the world I'd trust near my guitar with a tool.
For many years Flip Scipio has been repairing and setting up my vintage and new electric basses; he has an amazing knowledge of guitars and basses and the insight to adjust the instrument for my particular needs...when I pick up a bass from Flip I can go directly to a gig or into any studio knowing the instrument is going to work properly and also be fun to play. There’s no one better...
Flip Scipio is an unparalleled craftsman. A gifted guitar whisperer. A meticulous diagnostician, restorer, fixer, and lo these 26 years, friend. Flip is also sage, funny, and, like the gorgeous acoustic baritone he built me, (“Mr. Williams”) he keeps getting better with age.
One step into Flip’s shop and his passion becomes obvious. The room has that unidentifiable feeling one gets when setting foot in a historic place – fervent with the love and energy weaved into everything he touches. Flip is the only luthier I know who will not only bring a guitar back to life, but also revive it’s spirit.
Flip Scipio....is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced, trusted, and finest luthier practitioners in the art of fretted stringed instrument building, repair, and restoration.
About 15 years ago I met Flip for the first time and asked him to repair a couple of my favorite guitars. The care he took to make me and my guitars ‘happy’ led to us to becoming the closest of friends. He was able to take unplayable valuable guitars like my 1939 CF Martin D28 herringbone and finally make it a dream to play. It took about four years for us to toil through all my valuable instruments. He was building one for our dear and mutual friend Larry Tarica inspired by one of Paul Simon’s favorite guitars that he occasionally worked on; a Gurian S3.
It was a perfect instrument building commission for me. Michael Gurian and I have been great friends since the late sixties and I am a huge Paul Simon fan. To think that my good friend Flip would build me a custom instrument that pays tribute to two of the most influential people in my life, Paul for his music and Michael for his great guitar innovations and friendship was an extraordinary twist of fate.
Everything about the instrument he made is special to me. Seeing a picture of it would speak only to its visual beauty. Playing it or even better, hearing from across the room is where the real beauty lies. I am so fortunate to have Flip in my life, I can’t imagine anyone else tinkering with one of my guitars.
Gurian Style Guitar
Made for Jim D'Addario
Flip Scipio comes from the Land Of Guitar where only a few people live. His love of the instrument, the wood, the history, the priceless and the quirky, the torn and the tattered and the polish of it all, is invaluable, runs deep, and most importantly is great fun! He needs his own TV show. Maybe that will happen some day, but until then, who needs Reality TV when you've got the Real Deal.
Recommending Flip is nothing new for me, I've been doing it for years. He is first and foremost an artist who, fortunately for the rest of us, chose luthiery as one of his primary forms of expression.
Flip is simply the best there is. There's some sort of magic in his craft that makes every instrument he touches come alive.