Paul Norman, Renaissance man. Why give myself such a title?
I used to believe that only those who have spent most of their
working lives building stringed instruments were entitled to
the exalted title of luthier. I am a relative newcomer, having
studied guitar making for nearly 6 years. Renaissance men, on
the other hand, have very broad interests . They dive deeply
into several disciplines at the same time, searching for connections.
Kind of like luthiers.
have been (in order) a finish carpenter, an architect, an actor,
a theater technician, a theatrical scene designer, a designer/draftsman,
a printed wiring board designer, and a software engineer, the
latter for over 20 years. I grew up in Northeast Ohio, where
every boy child of my generation was expected to be able to
field-strip a '56 Chevy. The logic went that one would be a
better driver if one knew how a car was put together. Having
proven myself to be only a fair guitar player after years of
instruction, I figured I would give guitar construction a shot.
Late bloomers rejoice! I had found the synthesis of all my previous
only had I chosen the right profession, but I had stumbled upon
the recipe for the perfect blues guitar. My 12-string resonator
cuts through the din of the noisiest bar room. It's a freight
train of an instrument. All of the engineering methodology I
used to create and debug complex systems perfected the roar
of this beast.
forbidden fruit was attained through curiosity. It was the path
to self-knowledge. That's what you are getting when you purchase
a Forbidden Fruit 12-string resonator guitar. Something
new that you didn't know you needed. Go ahead, take a bite!