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Jonny Blackwood grew up on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and has been working on guitars for nearly 25 years. Before he learned how to swing a hammer or dig a ditch, he was soldering electronics, assembling project guitars, and spending the rest of the time learning the fastest riffs he could muster.
Early on, without the help of the internet, he taught himself how to mod his own guitars as well as design and build guitars in school from raw wood to finish. But it wasn't until he got a job at the local guitar shop his understanding broadened enough to work on other peoples' instruments. Thanks to the owners' master-level knowledge in Lutherie, he cut his teeth doing setups, nut & saddle work and electronic work while working the sales floor. From there he continued pursuing the craft over the years, gaining experience in as many repair shops that would hire him.
The published works of Dan Erlewine and Frank Ford continued to inspire the refinement of his skill set as well as the study of factory procedures for Fender (Certified Fender Technician), Gibson, Gretsch, Taylor, Martin, Ibanez, and many others. This all contributed to the publishing of his internationally distributed book, "How to Setup your Guitar like a Pro: An Easy Guide for Beginners" in 2013, a book written for those wanting a straight forward guide to setting up their own guitars.
These days he owns and operates a guitar shop of own called J.Haven Guitarworks, where he continues to earn a reputation of being a hard-working, diligent and in-demand repair technician. And when he's not tweaking guitars, he's playing them- somewhere close to home, in Edmonton, AB Canada.
Visit his store online at www.jhavenguitarworks.com