Not every guitar player ecognizes Rick Turner’s
name, but one could argue that
every guitar player should know it.
Many consider him the father of
boutique guitar building because
of the Model 1 guitar he built
for Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey
Buckingham in the mid ’70s.
Although he’s also known for his
time at Alembic Inc., the brief peri-
od he spent at Gibson (before he
“ran afoul of corporate politics”),
and the three boutique guitar com-
panies he runs today—Renaissance
Guitars, Compass Rose Guitars,
and Rick Turner Guitars—Turner’s
Model 1 is what started it all.