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Kochel Guitars

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Goal: Kochel Guitars focuses on reusing and repurposing materials into something tangible. Owner Sean Kochel takes great pride in his goal of preserving American folk tradition in the guitars he makes.

History: Potomac resident Kochel is a luthier. He specializes in making stringed instruments like Roots Blues guitars. He has made guitars for the last 10 years.

Kochel began making cigar box guitars. With encouragement from his mother Arlene he persevered and soon built a customer base as his business evolved. He designed his own box style and now makes a traditional style guitar.

"I kept m...

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