Luthier / Company Associations
- C. P. Thornton, CP Thornton Guitars
Vintage reproductions and unique designs of guitars and pickups.
For over two decades, Thomas V. Jones, founder of TV Jones, Inc., has earned the respect and high praise of countless world-class guitar players. Tom’s first encounter with the guitar was at the age of 14 when he purchased his first guitar. His interest led him on a passionate journey toward becoming a self taught musician, luthier, and eventually, pickup maker. Tom’s success as a pickup maker stems from his incredible ear for tone.
Tom’s interest in the Filter’Tron™ pickup arose from his association with guitarist Brian Setzer, whose guitars Tom has worked on since 1993. His first close encounter with a Filter’Tron pickup was on Brian’s 1959 Gretsch 6120. In 1998, custom pickups were needed for the newly designed Gretsch Hot Rod guitar line. Brian chose Tom’s Hot Rod pickup design in a blind test of many different pickups. Several months later, Tom became an independent consultant for the Gretsch Guitar Company. In addition to pickup and guitar design, he worked directly with many Gretsch artists to accurately translate their musical needs to the factory. Tom was also an integral part of the field Guitar Service Program.
REPAIRS: The Guitar Shoppe
1027B North Coast HWY
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Due to the tragic and untimely passing of Taku Sakashta on Feb. 11, 2010, Sakashta Guitars is no longer producing any pedals, pickups or guitars and is officially closed for business.
No firm decisions have been made regarding the future of the Sakashta Guitars brand, but there are currently no plans in the works. This may change with time so please visit the “NEWS” page on this website for updates and developments.
Taku’s widow Kazuko and all of us who were close to Taku thank you for your past patronage, understanding, cooperation and generous support.
Sakashta Memorial Fund c/o Ribbecke Guitars
498-D Moore Lane
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Taku Donation c/o Two Rock Amplifiers
619 Martin Ave. Ste.6
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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