Dave Johnson was born and raised in Peoria, IL. After receiving his BA in economics he worked in finance for a several years before realizing his passion for musical instrument repair and construction. Mostly self-taught from working in various music stores in the Chicago area, he eventually managed a repair shop in the north part of town. In 2009, Dave moved to Nashville and worked independently while pursuing his "dream job" at Gruhn Guitars - he joined our staff in 2010.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys designing and building custom guitars in his own shop known as Scale Model Guitars. Dave shares a common philosophy with the most skilled of guitar technicians - learning NEVER stops and anyone who believes they are an "expert" or "master" is likely neither.