Wood, Randy: Informations

Brief History:

An icon in the musical instrument field, Randy Wood built his first instrument, an Autoharp, in the early 1960's. After moving to Milledgeville, GA. in the mid sixties to work with Tut Taylor, he built his first Mandolin. The late, "Legendary" Bob Givens also came to work with Tut, and built his first mandolin. "We were both flying blind", Randy says of those early days.

That first RW mandolin is still being played today by the capable Red Henry. Randy's second mandolin is still serving under "The Master", Roland White, and his third may be the only mandolin commissioned by BIll Monroe, the father of Bluegrass.

Randy moved on from Milledgeville to Muscle Shoals, Ala. and Rual's Music Service, and then became a founding member of G.T.R. in Nashville, Tennessee, which later became Gruhn's Guitars. Over the years, Randy has performed his craft for everyone from Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, to Vasser Clements, Clarence White, Bill Monroe and Emmy Lou Harris.

For the past 21 years, Randy has been "camping out" in Savannah, Georgia, building his master quality instruments. He is now serving his customers in a brand new shop that includes a small retail area in Bloomingdale, GA., a suburb of Savannah about 2 miles from I-95.

Source: Randy Wood Guitars website, 2008

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