- acoustic guitars
Shanti acoustic guitars are made by Michael Hornick. Michael was originally a sheet-metal worker but he made his first acoustic guitar in 1985 with the encouragement of his friend Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitars. In 1988 he opened his own workshop in Avery, California where he custom made acoustic guitars. He marketed his instruments largely through the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Each year the winner of the Troubadour singer-songwriter competition at Telluride walks away with a Shanti acoustic guitar. Hornick has now closed the big workshop in Avery and moved to Missoula, Montana but he still makes guitars on a smaller scale in his garage. Michael continues to share his knowledge of luthiery through a mandolin-building course he teaches each year at the RockyGrass Academy in Lyons, Colorado.