A guitar for Zac Brown

Caleb Smith makes music — and guitars
By Stina Sieg | Dec 20, 2012
Photo by: John Driskell Hopkins Balsam Range's Caleb Smith, right, recently made two guitars for Zac Brown. The one above is Smith's 20th guitar to date.

Balsam Range's Caleb Smith isn't just a player of guitars extradinaire, he's a maker of them. Caleb Smith Guitars, which specializes in "war time" guitars, recently made two guitars for famed musician Zac Brown.

Both guitars are made out of a variety of wood: Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides, with Adirondack Spruce for the top and Honduras Mahogany for the neck. The one pictured below is no. 20 for Smith.

Smith, who is now backlogged for 18 to 24 months on guitar orders, said he "loves being able to create something as cool as a guitar for people to enjoy for many years to come."

It also gives him a real "sense of pride" to know his guitars will be around long after he's gone.

Currently, Smith has an instrument in the works for one of his favorite guitarists of all time, Bryan Sutton. Sutton has been a hero of his for many years, Smith explained, and it is a "real honor" to make him a guitar. It's scheduled for completion around Jan. 10, 2013.

For more information about Smith's guitar building, visit www.calebsmithguitars.com.