James R. DeCava was born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut.
As a young teenager, he began playing guitar and banjo and
soon realized that if something needed repair on his instruments,
he had to do it himself as there were few repair people around
at that time. He began meeting others with similar interests
and came into contact with the well known
Liberty Banjo Co. He worked for them for many years making banjos,
doing repairs, and cutting-inlaying mother of pearl with intricate
designs. Over the years, he has built hundreds of guitars, banjos,
mandolins, and one-of-a-kind instruments. He has also
become well known for building multi-string instruments.
He is consistently growing and evolving as a builder of innovative
guitars to keep up with the changing musical
needs of today’s players..
Here's a page from a wish list article
in an issue of BusinessWeek
*** Special Limited Opportunity ***
I am now offering limited one on one building classes for those in the local area (southwestern Connecticut). Email me or call for more information
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