Phil Maynard is the luthier for Ghost Town Guitars, the business he started in 2020 after working for 12 years with Dan Roberts at Roberts Stringworks in Belgrade, Montana. As an apprentice to Dan, Phil learned the technical process of building high quality custom guitars, repairs and restorations. His appreciation of music and friendship with musicians encouraged his desire to develop guitars capable of producing superior sound with clear and balanced resonance and comfortable playability. Phil’s prior training and artistic background as a painter of watercolors, and early years restoring and painting custom and vintage cars has given him a unique ability to master the nuances of detail, materials, and colors needed to achieve a high-quality finish applied to an instrument that has been constructed with thoughtful attention to every component and step.
Ghost Town Guitars is located in the historic mining community of Rimini Montana. Although Rimini is listed in several publications featuring ‘ghost’ towns of Montana, it is actually a small community about 15 miles southwest of Helena with 30+ year-round residents who appreciate the beauty and solitude of living in the shadow of majestic Red Mountain. Phil is a Helena native whose maternal great grandfather operated a thriving blacksmithing business in Helena from 1892 when it was a busy gold-mining hub to 1946 when the auto industry made blacksmithing obsolete.
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