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John Bradley, an engineer by trade, has always loved the sound and feel of a well-built guitar.  When retirement came early, he decided to combine expertise and passion to design a guitar that had the best of all the elements he sought in a quality instrument.

During an early project modifying a friend's guitar, he realized that making something tangible out of someone else's idea was not where his interest lay.  He focused on designing a guitar that he would be happy to call his own first and foremost.  From that idea came the design, style, and mechanics of the first Redneck guitar - #1.

Once happy with the overall design, John traveled to Nashville.  There he met with some of the top pickers and players and took their feedback to heart.  The result of these valuable critiques and many hours of hands-on experience is the Redneck Guitar of today.


Well-balanced - both physically and sonically - the Redneck guitar often is the "destination guitar" for those seeking a workhorse guitar to last forever.  Simultaneously a players' guitar and a showpiece, a Redneck guitar turns heads among musicians and laypersons alike.


Unlike many other stringed instrument artisans, John focuses on one model, crafting a guitar with studio quality intonation and low-wide jumbo frets to provide that "electric feel." Utilizing a L.R. Baggs pickup with volume control the Redneck guitar has the attack and projection of the workhorse Gibson J-45 with the power and volume of the Martin D-28. A clean uncluttered design, extended playability, and tonal clarity are primary features that make them the players' choice.

Each Redneck guitar is crafted by hand by luthier John Bradley in Greenville, NC. Rednecks feature Sitka spruce tops for warm, round, clear tone, and mahogany backs and sides for high velocity sound and colorful overtones. Curly maple necks and ebony fretboards impart enduring beauty and a bright, crisp tone suitable for every style of play and genre of music.

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