Podcast 313: Keith Calton, Founder of Calton Cases

Today, some of the world’s most valuable acoustic and electric instruments are protected by Calton Cases. What you may not realize is the colorful history of the case company or its founder, Keith Calton. On today’s Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to Calton about his unlikely entry into the musical industry some 50 years ago, when he came up with the brilliant idea of a fiberglass guitar case and began tracing friends’ instruments in his father’s garage. Somehow, he stumbled upon a timeless (and nearly indestructible) design that is still considered the gold standard of flight cases. And, though he no longer owns the case company (it’s going strong and is now based out of Austin, Texas), he’s still hard at work making stuff out of fiberglass… these days for boat owners.


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