I have been building and repairing all types of instruments since 1996. I learned my trade by apprenticeship, first at Hamer guitars and later for innovative west coast luthier, Ralph Novak. I formed Clay Conner Guitars in 2005 to explore my own designs. In November of 2009 I relocated to Raleigh, NC to join the crew at Guru Guitars. I currently handle repairs for Guru Guitars and build custom instruments.