FROGGY BOTTOM GUITARS
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FROGGY BOTTOM GUITARS
Instruments currently built in Newfane, VT since 1970. Distributed by Froggy Bottom Guitars.
Luthier Michael Millard visited Michael Gurian's workshop in 1970 and was offered a job after his college graduate program was eliminated. Millard built his first Froggy Bottom guitar (a modified Gurian JM) in his apartment's kitchen in late 1970. In 1973, Millard moved with Gurian to New Hampshire and continued to work for him until 1974 when he left to start building his own guitars exclusively. Millard continued building Froggy Bottom guitars one at a time through the rest of the 1970s and most of the 1980s. As his guitars became more popular and widespread, demand started to pour in from guitar stores and dealerships. By the mid-1980s, Millard started attending NAMM shows, began developing a dealer network, and started selling guitars wholesale for the first time. Froggy Bottom is now the trio of Andy Mueller, Eric Goodenough and Millard, enhanced by the unique engraving skills of long-time collaborator Petria Mitchell. In 2008, the company moved to a new, off-the-grid post and beam workshop in central Vermont and produces about one hundred high-end acoustic guitars annually.
These instruments have won an Acoustic Guitar Magazine "Players Choice Award" in each of the years that poll has been conducted. Froggy Bottom is somewhat unusual in that they refuse to use their high-profile clients in their advertising, instead they prefer to deal with the functional needs of players directly and personally.
For more information, visit Froggy Bottom's website or contact them directly.

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