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Todd Novak

Todd studied luthiery in New York with guitar maker David Santo, then flipped coasts and worked for Marc Silber in Berkeley, CA. In addition to guitars, he has enjoyed building and restoring ukuleles, and has spent close to a decade doing violin restoration and varnish touch up.

Todd’s quick with a joke, but is very serious about his love for repairing all types of stringed instruments. He digs many styles of music, especially when played on vinyl, and has worked at notable record stores from coast to coast.

When not at Gryphon, you may find him playing his custom-built telecasters with Todd Novak & The Benny Hillbilleez (surf n’ turf music), or with the award-winning Cowlicks (country rock & Americana). He’s recorded albums with The Clinch Mountain Boys and many other cool groups over the years. You can find out the latest Todd news at or