Ben Padgett is a native Virginian, a musician and craftsman. He studied lutherie at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair located in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was selected as an apprentice and worked his way into the role of instructor, teaching the archtop building class and the sharpening class he developed.
Our goal at Padgett Guitars is to offer well-crafted, handmade instruments that will inspire you as a musician and are built to last a lifetime. These instruments are not mass produced or outsourced to increase profit margins. They are made by hand, one at a time, right in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. Padgett Guitars offers both classic and proprietary designs. Contact Ben and start a conversation about what model and materials would best suit you and your music.