STEM Guitar External Advisory Committee
Dick Boak, former art teacher, lathe turner, performing musician and luthier, discovered C. F. Martin & Co. in 1973 and was hired as a design draftsman. Since then and for the past 32 years, he has held many diverse and creative positions there, leading to the formation of Martin’s Artist Relations Department and the conception of more than one hundred and forty signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time. His acclaimed book Martin Guitar Masterpieces relays the stories of those collaborations. For 17 years, he lived in his converted “Church Of Art,” an active studio for art, woodworking and live music. Currently living in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife Susan and their two daughters Emily and Grace, he continues to build his legacy with The Martin Guitar Company, finding occasional time to further his art and music, and work on the publication of his more personal book Dot To Dot – The Creative, Comical & Covert Adventures of Dick Boak.
During his long career in guitar R&D, Tim has designed and built acoustic and electric instruments in many different styles. He spent 14 years in Gibson R&D and product development, where he worked on historic models and guitar series for artists like Chet Atkins, BB King, and Howard Roberts, as well as recreating several classic pickups. At both Gibson and later at Fender, Tim traveled frequently to guitar factories on the Pacific Rim, designing many instruments and teaching. Tim is now Director of Research for guitars at Fender, where he’s circled back to pickup design and is working on cutting-edge technologies for future guitars.