Kipp Krusa started playing the guitar at the age of 10.
He is a largely self taught player who has always used the steel string guitar as an outlet for expressing and understanding emotion.
His relationship with wood began in 1993 when he attended The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend, Washington.
There he gained a foundation of traditional woodworking skills through the craft of boatbuilding.
In 1994 he attended the Timeless Instruments School of Lutherie under David Freeman.
Kipp immediately realized that he was born to shape sound. His years of living within and reflecting upon the sound of an acoustic guitar offered a unique perspective on the potential of the instrument.
Kipp worked for the next few years on his father's commercial fishing boat in order to purchase both tools and materials for his eventual guitar shop. During this time period he developed his skill as a craftsman by studying traditional woodcarving with Chris Pye and Raymond Gonzalez, marquetry with Silas Kopf, Japanese woodworking with Toshio Odate and furniture design and construction with Chris Becksvoort, Brian Boggs, Curtis Buchanan and Mike Dunbar. Kipp is deeply indebted to all of these craftsmen for helping him to develop his relationship with both wood and workmanship.
In 2000 Kipp began working with Michael Millard and Andy Mueller at Froggy Bottom Guitars. This was Kipp's first exposure to CNC technology, and also his first job in a small custom shop. Through this experience he deepened his understanding of the traditional X-braced guitar and all phases of the guitar building process. It is this traditional foundation from which his designs evolve.
Kipp has worked as a sculptor, a furnituremaker, a CNC programmer, a guitar designer, and a luthier. He has carried with him in all of these professions a pursuit of perfection, purity, and innovation. As a luthier, Kipp combines his mastery of skill with an adept and distinct talent for design.
Kipp's love of music and 30 years of guitar playing hone his perspective on what an instrument should offer. Realizing that the steel string guitar is a tool for non-verbal expression, Kipp strives to craft an instrument that is dynamic and tonally complex across the spectrum. In his one-man shop on his farm outside of Nashville, Kipp uses his skill as master craftsman to turn his passion for guitar building into an art form.