Operation Plaid Hammer: Origins

Hiya, Kauer fans! My name is Dave Segal, and I'm here to detail the process of building a Kauer Arcturus from beginning to end, one that I GET TO BUILD! How did I get so lucky, you ask?

Doug Kauer and I go way, way back. We met years ago, well before Kauer Guitars even existed. We mutually geeked out on guitars, blues, bacon, and Top Gear. One day, Doug showed up at one of my gigs with an enormous case that contained the very first Banshee prototype. Somewhere, there's a picture of me playing it that night with an extreme case of BluesFace (tm), and the first words I said to Doug when I got off stage were, "I NEED ONE OF THESE!"

I can't find the original Dave-With-BluesFace(tm) picture, so have a Doug-With-BluesFace(tm) picture instead.

I can't find the original Dave-With-BluesFace(tm) picture, so have a Doug-With-BluesFace(tm) picture instead.

Fast forward nearly a decade. Kauer guitars has become the powerhouse of tone that it is today, I own a Banshee and a Daylighter, and I get married. (That's gonna be relevant in a minute, I promise.) I also get the opportunity to do an externship through the school district where I teach! I teach in an engineering and design academy, which teaches a lot of the same design, CAD, and programming skills used in the Kauer shop. We've taken our students here for field trips on multiple occasions, and Kauer Guitars seemed like the perfect place to go for a district backed externship. On my wedding day (told ya I'd get back to that) Doug sent me a text saying he'd figured out not only what I'd do for my externship, but what my wedding present would be - I'd build my own Arcturus, and document the process for the Kauer Guitars blog!

So that's the plan! Courtesy of the mutual love for plaid, hammers, (bacon, Jeremy Clarkson...) we chose the name Project Plaid Hammer. It's not a hammer, it won't be plaid - but you can follow #plaidhammer on Instagram as well. Dig!

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