Kraig Phillips - Making Sweet Music


There are those who are musicians, and there are those who are just musical. Their movements and verbal phrasings are like melodies in songs you can't stop humming. They are something more than technicians; they are artists. Kraig Phillips is such a person.

Kraig began his love affair with music at the age of nine, when he received his first guitar. At seventeen he was selling and repairing guitars in a local music store in Michigan, as well as, performing regularly. His thirst for knowledge of the instrument would,take him from coast to coast, studying with such heavy-weight luthiers as Roger Sadowsky and Tom Ribbecke, and doing repairs for Bono of U2 and members of Guns-N-Roses along the way.

As we sit in his studio, Kraig speaks about his guitars with passion. "Guitar making is an incredibly complex form of art," he says as he patiently rolls his Camacho, Corojo cigar over the open flame of his lighter. "Not only do· instruments have to be beautiful aesthetically, but must also perform sonically and be built to last a lifetime."

In 1999, Kraig started Phillips Guitars. Building eloquently, hand made arch tops and the pocketbook friendly, Nouveau. His instruments would eventually find their way into the hands of Grammy winner Norman Brown, who used one of his guitars on West Coast Coolin'. Norman even thanked Kraig humbly from the stage of The Palace Theater, at the Dec. 19th Christmas Concert, receiving accolades from host Dave Koz as well.

To contact Kraig or view his guitars, log onto www.phillipsguitars.com. Although he still does occasional repairs, Kraig spends most of his time designing and building, while concentrating on the Nouveau line.