Casper Guitar Technologies and the Zero Impact Guitar

Casper Guitar TechnologiesOver the past several months, we have been working on our Zero Impact Guitars Philosophy and have decided to reintroduce our readers to the company. I felt that it was important that everyone knows where I come from and what my back ground is. I hope you enjoy the read and please feel free to make comments. I really do value all of your feedback.

My name is Stephen Casper and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and the business I started back in the 80’s. I figure one needs to know where you’ve been before we can move forward right?

First off, I started playing guitar when I was 7 years old. It was 1969 – My first guitar was a Kay. Bought it by delivering two paper routes in the evening. (Hated those Sunday Papers by the way) Long gone now as well as the amp that came with it. But it started me on the road to where we find ourselves sitting together here today.

I decided very early that I needed a real guitar if I were going to be successful at learning to play. So, seeing that my Great Grandfather on my Mother’s side was a cabinetmaker trained in the fine art by his Father in the late 1800’s. A fantastic cabinetmaker if I do say so. I was fortunate enough to have access to an incredibly vast knowledge of woodworking. My Great Grandfather taught my Grandfather and then he in turn taught me some of the skills that would be needed to build an electric guitar. Of course I didn’t know I was being taught the skills. Not until I really began to play guitar in the 80’s.

I played in several bands around OSU campus for several years. After not being able to find an affordable guitar I liked, I decided to build one myself. But even with the very first guitar, I was considering how to build one without having any effect on the environment. My thoughts were not really at that time on the planet, just my back yard. Since I was renting the property and there was a new baby around, I didn’t want there to be any permanent evidence that any construction, painting or loud rock n roll music for that matter was ever going on there.

So with the training in the art of woodworking from my ancestors and the luthier skills of my friends at a local guitar shop, I went to town building a guitar.

I knew nothing of FSC Certified lumber, so I went to my local lumberyard and picked up a nice piece of Ash and I began to build my first guitar. The neck and all other hardware was purchased at my local pawnshop or repair shop and retrofitted to the body I made.

I traded that guitar for an Alesis QuadraVerb worth $400, and then built the guitar that I still have to this day. Officially I guess it would be CGT-0002.

We have come a long way since 1985, but we still try to be responsible with the resources our planet has given us to play our music with. Scarce tone woods that if depleted, will never be heard from again. The singing of a Spruce top on a Martin or Taylor Dreadnought or the twang of a Swamp Ash Tele.

There are a lot of fantastic materials that can be used for guitar building. Some you wouldn’t expect, others you wood. What we intend to do, is to evaluate our business and how we conduct it and where we are able to help the environment in the process. This is how we operate. We look at each and every project as to how we can get to the finished product with the least impact on the environment. The 0-Impact Guitar Philosophy. Guitars that have Little or Low Impact on the Environment.

By using FSC Certified Lumber, you are helping to restrict and enforce the laws that protect the forest from the poaching of thousands of exotic trees that may be given a chance to mature and be used by future generations.

By using low voltage lighting and battery operated devices, you can recharge them using easy to find solar charging systems thus reducing the amount of electricity used in the fabrication and assembly phases of the guitar building process. This also can reduce your power bill a bit.

During the next few months, I will be writing about ways you as a player or a builder, may help out the environment in ways you may not have thought of.

Remember, were not talking about saving the planet, just your back yard or shop / workplace. That’s where it really starts anyway, right-

~ by CGT - 0-Impact Guitars on April 20, 2010.

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