Dan Wilson is one of the premier instrument care technicians in the Pacific Northwest. He has been repairing instruments for as long as he has been playing them, starting off with his grandmother's parlor guitar. These days you are likely to find not just guitars, but mandolins, banjos, basses, violins, charangos, requintos or ukuleles on his repair bench. Bring that instrument that needs some TLC into Dan and he will bring it back to life.
Dan also builds new instruments, offering custom made guitars with exotic woods, custom pick ups, artistic shapes, and fine finishes. Contact Dan for more information on his "Flying W" guitars or an instrument custom-built for you.
Dan discusses his musical history:
"Ah!! The early 60's and Southern California. A few guys and I met in junior high and formed a band (I didn't play guitar at the time, but I could sing). We learned some songs, got some outfits, and played some gigs. We played the USO, teen clubs, high school dances, EM and NCO clubs, and The L.A. Teenage Fair. We did some recording at Shantays (Pipeline) and the Righteous Brothers studios. The wine (soda) women (girls) and song (rock 'n' roll).
Post high school, the 60's and 70's. A move to Northern California. The Redwoods, Mendocino, and now guitars. A chance to play bars, clubs, fairs, and rallies. Any chance at all. And a chance to play with some successful friends and stars. Such as: Gene Parsons (Burrito Bros + Byrds), Gene Clark (Christie Minstrels + Byrds), Billy Kreutzman (Greatful Dead), Nick Gravinetes (Electric Flag ETC), Joel Scott Hill (Canned Heat, Flying Burrito Bros.), Johnny Barbata (Turtles CSN&Y, Starship), Tommy Kendal (Platters, ETC), Ramblin Jack Elliot, Booker T Jones, Chris Ethridge (Willy Nelson), Stephen Stills, Grahm Nash, Tom Quinn, Philo Hayward, Mike Woods (America), Peter Oliva (Gene Parsons Band + KC Souther Band), Billy Shay (Mendocino Allstars + Ambergris), and many more.
Years ago I found the parts of what had been my grandmother's 1890's C. Bruno Parlor guitar. I saw no reason it couldn't be put back together and played again. It was my first restoration project and has become my favorite guitar to play.
There have been many such projects since. Now with the right tools and much better skills I can bring guitars, mandolins, banjos, basses, violins, charangos, requintos, ukulele's, and resonators back to life. For friends, neighbors, and folks near and far.