After a four-year stint in the military, then on to college at Texas Tech University, and a 22-year career in the aerospace industry, Sherlin Gerhart moved from Texas to Arizona in 1995. He was, through all of this a musician at heart, performing live as time permitted. Those years working in the aerospace field, including heavy jet aircraft maintenance, gave him a skillset rarely found in the music industry. So when he attended the world leading Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2001, he learned the craft with an exceptional level of detail and refinement. Upon graduation, he then honed those skills further, working in a local guitar shop that specialized in repair and maintenance.
At this point, many luthiery students lose the romance with guitar building and turn to something else. But Sherlin Gerhart had the determination, the business sense, and the love of the craft, to open his own shop building custom guitars and doing repairs and maintenance. His reputation for outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail coupled with his unique musical IQ quickly spread. Many master musicians could never build a custom guitar and many excellent luthiers could never perform on stage, but Sherlin Gerhart does both well. This unique musical IQ is interwoven into each instrument crafted at Gerhart Guitars.
Why a Gerhart guitar? Simple; Incisive pick attack, Dynamic headroom, Warm sweet tone, and incredible playability.
Gerhart’s laser-like attention to detail produces quality craftsmanship. Gerhart craftsmanship is respected by both professional and amateur musicians. Anyone on a quest for the quintessential quarry of custom equipment knows that quality craftsmanship is the standard by which custom guitars are measured. If you have always wanted the feel of a custom guitar in your hands and to hear that sweet tone reverberating in your ears, you owe it to yourself to try a Gerhart Guitar.
- 2001 Graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery
- 2001 Apprenticed in local retail guitar shop honing repair skills
- 2003 Established Gerhart Guitars
- 2004 Built his first semi hollowbody electric
- 2012 Set up shop in Scottsdale Az with Guitar Pickers
- 2018 Moved to a new, high visiblility location on Scottsdale Road.