Steiny's Short Biography

Robert Steinegger first became involved with stringed instruments in the early 1960's while he was in high school in Paradise, California. He met guitar builder and designer Arthur Overholtzer shortly after his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1969, and began building classical and later, steel-string guitars. In the early 1970's he worked at Intermountain Guitar and Banjo in Salt Lake City, during which time he met and did some repair work for Phil Everly. Steinegger relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1976 and soon became affiliated with the Twelfth Fret Guitar Shop, repairing and building instruments. In 1981 Phil commissioned him to build an updated and improved version of the highly collectible Everly Brothers model guitar, which Phil and his brother had used and endorsed during the 1960's, and was manufactured by a large guitar company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Everly Brothers have used the resulting Ike Everly model guitar exclusively ever since, although they are no longer being built. Steinegger now builds Martin-style guitars, including a Brazilian rosewood D-45. His primary focus is the Oregon Grande guitar, which is essentially a large, round-bodied guitar with construction based on Martin Guitars of the 1930's. Steinegger instruments are owned by David Grisman (a mandolin), Pat Alger, Craig Carothers, Tim Ellis, A-ha, Steve Einhorn, Delta X, George Harrison and Paul McCartney (the latter two were gifts from Phil Everly), and many working musicians in the U.S., U.K., and The Netherlands. Perhaps his most spectacular creation was the Everly D-50, which was built at the request of Phil Everly as a gift for his brother’s 50th birthday in 1987. The D-50 has ebony back and sides, and is bound and inlaid with nearly a pound of solid 14 karat gold. He currently builds instruments in a workshop at his home in Beaverton, Oregon.


(Updated April, 2004)

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