Jesse Brown, Luthier
Four years ago Jesse began on a journey that, without knowing it at the time, would take over his life! Building a thinline telecaster with local Master Luthier Tony Karol was the first step in this arduous journey. After completing his first build with Tony in May of 2011, he wanted to build more. So Jesse spent all his savings on tools and equipment and rented a small shop space.
Fast forward about four years and 45 scratch builds, and here we are. Jesse specializes in building traditional designs of the ‘50s, with a modern touch and flair. Leo and Les really did get it right the first time, but Jesse enjoys taking a different approach to these classic models and adding his own touch to bring out the best in the modern guitar player. His process is a mixture of old school and new. Traditional woods like Swamp Ash, Mahogany, Maple, and Rosewood all play a major role in what he does, but branching out using exotic woods is one of the most fun parts of the process, whether it be a distinct sound he is going for, or just a certain aesthetic appeal.
Sourcing the wood sustainably is also something Jesse strives to do. The most important part of a guitar for him, and hopefully most players, is the neck. Jesse meticulously hand carves each neck to YOUR exact specifications. From nut width, fretboard radius, neck profile, etc. No CNC machinery at Brown Bear Guitars shop. No guitar is exactly the same. Each piece of wood that goes into a build is matched for tone and balance, as well as grain orientation for aesthetics. The past four years Jesse has also been employed full time as a guitar tech in a retail setting, where he has put the skills he has learned along the way to the test repairing countless guitar of a wide variety. He believes being able to repair and customize guitars is an integral part of the job as a Luthier, and Jess will happily take on most repairs
you may have.