Bryan Kimsey is an accomplished craftsman with a passion for fixing up old Martin guitars. He is also a cattle rancher who plays with dirt bikes and there is a fascinating blog on his website that chronicles the adventures of him and his son hunting elk on the high plains of New Mexico.
Bryan graduated from South Plains College in 1982 with a degree in Country/Bluegrass Music. Musically, he competed in the Walnut Valley National Flatpicking Contest five times and the National Mandolin Contest twice. He placed second at the Rocky Grass mandolin contest in 1998, second in the Wyoming State Championship in ’94. He also won the Pagosa Springs Contest in both mandolin and guitar three times and has won the Santa Fe Flatpicking Contest seven times. He was the on ground Kamp Repair Doctor at Kaufman Kamp for eight years from 2002-2009 and Contributing Editor for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for fifteen years.
With a B.S. in Wildlife Science, an M.S. in Biology, he worked as a raptor biologist for twelve years, including stints with The Peregrine Fund, The Snake River Birds of Prey Area, and private contractors. He has also been a licensed falconer since 1984 and wrote a top-selling book “Falconry Equipment.”
He specializes in making ‘70s Martin guitars sound and play great. ‘70s guitars are notorious for having misplaced bridges and big rosewood bridgeplates. Bryan has repaired and restored hundreds of these guitars over the past twenty years. He will work on other vintages, but really likes making ‘70s come alive. He is capable of dealing successfully with neck resets, minor cracks, structural issues, bracing (including modest scalloping of straight, heavy braces), refretting, bridge plate replacement, pickguards, nut and saddle issues, K&K and other pickup installations. He does not do refins or restorations.
For more information visit Bryan’s web site where you will find plenty of comprehensive and informative posts and videos of his work.