Danny "Metal Man"
GoldBug Products was founded by Sam “Sandy” Winters after several decades as a professional musician and instrument maker with the purpose of designing and manufacturing the finest metal parts for fretted instruments. Goldbug replacement tuner knobs and bridge pins went into production in the spring of 1997 through a collaboration with foundry artist and musician Daniel Baughman . Our products were first introduced at the 1997 Healdsburg Guitar Festival and were an immediate success, selling out our first production run in three days.

Since that point our products have been used by the finest guitar makers in the world including Jim Olson, Steve Grimes, Lance McCollum, Rick Baker and Linda Manzer. Our parts have been on stage with artists such as Ron Wood, Jorma Kaukonan, and Dennis Cahill. Our products are also used by Gibson Guitars, DBZ Guitars, and Martin Guitars. We have designed and manufactured several custom OEM products for special edition guitars by Martin Guitar Company.

“Why not?”

In 2006 Goldbug Guitars came about in response to the question “Why Not?”. Specifically, why not build guitars and design and manufacture all the parts? Why not design all aspects of the guitar to the highest design standards. Why not produce all the metal parts out of precious metals?

“Why not do things that have never been done?”



is the answer to those questions.

Excluding electrical components and some mechanical parts (screws, washers, frets, etc.) we design and produce every part of our instruments, including bridges, tailpieces, pickup rings, tuner knobs, tuning machine housings, strap pegs, control knobs, switch tips and inlays. Most of our metal parts are made of solid sterling silver.

Goldbug Guitars are manufactured with 50's era construction techniques. We use ‘long tenon' neck joints, 17 degree headstock angle, 4 degree neck set back, genuine South American mahogany bodies and necks, solid maple or walnut carved tops. We use no CNC machinery, every instrument is built just like they did five decades ago back in Kalamazoo and Fullerton.

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