Buddy Blaze Moves U.S. Production from Hawaii to Kansas

One of the best guitar builders and nicest dudes in the universe, Buddy Blaze, has just relocated from Hawaii to Kansas to ramp up production of his amazing USA-built guitars. Below is a press release, which mentions the first Buddy Blaze 7-string. Man, I can’t wait to check that thing out at NAMM!

Buddy Blaze Moves U.S. Production from Hawaii to Kansas

WINFIELD, KANSAS DECEMBER 6, 2011 – After six years crafting guitars in Kona, Hawaii, Buddy Blaze and his wife, Joyce are relocating their production facility to Kansas.

The couple is teaming up with Jake Willoughby, longtime retailer of Buddy Blaze Fine Stringed Instruments, to enable Blaze to increase production while reigning in shipping costs. The new factory will produce and distribute all Buddy Blaze U.S.A. guitars.

“The opportunity to centrally locate production and bring in someone with Jake’s experience was too good to pass up,” says Blaze. “As a further benefit, lower shipping costs will benefit our dealers and make us even more competitive moving forward.”

“Selling Buddy’s guitars over the years opened my eyes to what a good instrument truly is,” says Willoughby. “No other brand has ever generated the interest Blaze does. I am excited to be a part of the Blaze team.”

Buddy Blaze will debut their long awaited seven string model and more at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show January 19 in Anaheim, California.

Visit NAMM Booth 2395 to see the latest Buddy Blaze guitar models.

For more information, and to schedule an appointment for NAMM, e-mail info@buddyblaze.com or call 818-620-6445.

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About Buddy Blaze Fine Stringed Instruments
Buddy Blaze started building and “hot-rodding” guitars in 1985 and has since built instruments for some of the most recognized musicians in the world. His iconic designs include the Kramer “Night Swan” and infamous “Dean From Hell”.

Buddy currently makes guitars for Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, Scott Patton of Sugarland and other well-known artists. Buddy and his wife, Joyce, moved to Kona, Hawaii, in 2005 and started Buddy Blaze Fine Stringed Instruments. Their mission to make the finest professional grade guitars is being enjoyed by their customers, artists and dealers worldwide.