Ryan & Jim Triggs
Triggs profile [view
Frets magazine, June 1988 [view
San Salvador review [view
|Jim Triggs started building instruments over 25 years ago. Prior
to working for Gibson in 1986, Triggs, who was a respected mandolin builder in
the Midwest and on the West coast, had already built between 130-150 mandolins.
Jim was hired at Gibson to work in their world famous custom shop.
first duties included getting their F-5 mandolins back to their 1920s
specifications. Jims other responsibilities at Gibson included
supervising the custom shop and running their Nashville artist relations
department. During his last tenure at Gibson Jim spent his time overseeing the
arch top guitar line.
In his six years at Gibson, Jim worked on over 20
art instruments and signed the labels of over 700 guitars and mandolins.
Jim left Gibson in the spring of 1992 to build guitars on his own.
Jims vast knowledge of various instruments led him on a path to become a
one man custom shop. He also has a reputation for making guitars
for a whos who of artists in the music industry.
Ryan has been working in the shop along side his dad for over two years now and
is planning to begin working full time this summer. A move into a larger
building to accommodate added machinery along with Ryans help is going to
allow a greater number of instruments to be made in the Triggs Shop.
benefactor of this move will be the buying public. A new model debuted earlier
this year, The Triggs San
Salvador is a traditional 17 carved top instrument and
features many of the same details you would find on higher end Triggs carved