The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

Turner

Rick Turner has been an influential force in guitar development for some decades, mostly focused on the US West Coast. 

After apprenticing in Boston during 1963 for guitar repair, Turner played in a band named Autosalvage around New York City during the mid-late 1960’s.  That band broke up just as they started to get glowing reviews in publications like Rolling Stone.    At this point, Turner moved to Marin County and connected with the Grateful Dead, making and repairing guitars, pickups, and other components.   These efforts led to the foundation of Alembic.   

Turner was tasked with setup of John McVie’s bass during the Fleetwood Mac – Rumours sessions, but this led to him being onsite for most of the sessions to maintain Lindsay Buckingham’s guitars and amps.   Subsequently,  he built a guitar for Buckingham that became the Turner Model 1. 

 

 

Turner at The Twelfth Fret