A friend once told me, "Zeb, you don't choose the classical guitar. It chooses you." I've asked many classical guitar players and aficionados what first drew them to the classical guitar and there are almost always two distinct answers. It was either a sound that enraptured them, or their fascination with the technical challenge of creating that music. Both answers lay the foundational challenge of luthiery - the pursuit of a technical and musical ideal - creating a reliable and inspiring instrument that meets the demands of a market that is comparably small, competitive and traditionalist.