Growing up without a TV, Stephen Strahm spent most of his childhood listening to music and interpreting music and its role in his life . This intimate connection with music led Stephen to begin learning guitar on his own after studying the drums. After several years of playing guitar Stephen became more and more intrigued by the instrument itself and its limitations on the player. He started altering it by changing pick-ups and the set-up on his instrument, and began to discover a whole new passion. After deconstructing some classical builds and other acoustics, Stephen began to fall deeply in love with the processes involved in guitar construction.
Strahm discovered that he loved working with his hands and was especially passionate about guitar construction. This led him to the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery to study the craft further. In June 2000, Stephen returned to the San Francisco Bay area and began working at Santa Cruz Guitars . Over his decade-long span at Santa Cruz, Stephen honed his luthiery skills as well as his managerial skills. This experience allowed Stephen to witness first hand the many difficulties, struggles, and complications in the design of the guitar.
After leaving Santa Cruz Guitars, Stephen began studying electric guitars with Rick Turner and flat tops with Jeff Traugott. Traugott was inspired to work with him even more due to Strahm’s impeccable work, dedication, and determination for the pursuit of tone. Jeff has been an incredible mentor, and his advice and teachings led to the development of Strahm’s first model, Eros.
A very comfortable guitar with a balanced piano like tone that is elegant, wide, open and responsive.
“Grey Ghost” Sitka Top, Belize River Sinker Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Florentine Cut Away. Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Bone Nut, Saddle , Lower Bout Depth: 4 1/2″, Upper Bout Depth: 3 1/2″, Body Length: 20 1/8″, Lower Bout: 15 9/16″, Waist: 9 1/16″, Upper Bout: 11″,Scale Length 25.375″ $9250 Reserve This Guitar
Moresby Island Salvaged Spruce Top, Old Growth 50 Years Vintage East Indian Rosewood, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Florentine Cut Away. Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Bone Nut, Saddle ,Lower Bout Depth: 4 1/2″, Upper Bout Depth: 3 1/2″, Body Length: 20 1/8″, Lower Bout: 15 9/16″, Waist: 9 1/16″, Upper Bout: 11″,Scale Length 25.375″ Reserve This Guitar
Symphontree Music has custom guitar slots available with Stephen Strahm for 2017. Stephen currently builds three to four guitars a year.
Stephen Strahm works out of his shop in Santa Cruz, California.