Podcast 407: Cowbrand Design

Prepare to have your mind blown by Michael King, founder of Cowbrand Design.

Michael is an authority on vintage Chicago-made guitars (Kay, Regal, etc), a repair ninja, an early adopter of 3D printing and CNC machines, a designer, and the creator of some of the most stunning electric guitars around. On this week’s podcast, we talk about his start working at a hobby store as a kid, the influence that Scott Chinery’s Blue guitars had on his early work, the magic found in Kay electrics (and how to fix them), his residency with Bantam Tools and so much more.

We also talk about the space-inspired guitar Michael built for Vernon Reid, how he uses 3D printing and CNCs in his builds (and where he doesn’t use them), and so much more.


Want to meet Michael, Josh Scott, Bill Frisell, and dozens of other guitar heroes?  Come to our three-day 2023 Fretboard Summit, taking place August 24-26, 2023 at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Register here: https://fretboardsummit.org/

Our podcast is sponsored by Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Deering Banjos; Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); and Stringjoy Strings (use the discount code FRETBOARD and save 10% off your first order).