Artist of the day: Charles Scroggins
Occasionally, we here at SoundcheckCorp. like to pay tribute not to people who play music, but to people who make the instruments people play. One such cat is Charles Scroggins of Land O'Lakes, a luthier (that's a maker of stringed instruments) who has repaired, adjusted and modified more than 10,000 guitars — electric, bass and acoustic — and worked on hundreds of folk instrument over the past dozen years.
Among his clients: Wayne "Animal" Turner, lead guitarist with the Bama Band, the country group backing Hank Williams Jr. for decades, who commissioned a Telecaster of canary wood with a specialized electronics package.
"He liked my ideas and the quality of my work," said Scroggins, who had only been a luthier a couple of years when he took three guitars to show Turner during a Skipper's Smokehouse gig in 2000. "You can see him playing it on YouTube."
For more on Scroggins, click here for Amy Scherzer's story.