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The Story of Graph Tech Guitar Labs

Everyone has a story, and Graph Tech is no different.

Two decades ago, Dave Dunwoodie, Graph Tech President, was mid-performance at a gig in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. Hitting the tremolo bar on his first Fender Strat (he was a Gibson man) during a guitar solo, he was immediately introduced to the problem of string binding on traditional guitar nuts. “I went to do my first big “wang” and went totally out of tune” Dave says. “I couldn’t use the guitar for stage work at all”.

Spurred by the resurgence in popularity of tremolo guitars, the need for pencil lead in the nut slots, and his own frustration, Dave began experimenting with a variety of composite guitar nuts designed to eliminate string binding before engineering the world’s first permanently-lubricated nut, a formula that is 500% slipperier than graphite. Dave has been “nuts” ever since, and more than twenty years later Graph Tech Guitar Labs has become an institution, producing some of the industry’s most innovative and reliable guitar nuts, saddles, bridge pins and pickup systems.

Through patented methods and proprietary techniques, Graph Tech has designed specific tone and performance enhancements that were once impossible to achieve. The result is an outstanding reputation for quality and rapid acceptance by guitar players. Dave’s commitment has never wavered: “I envisioned a people- and service-oriented company that can turn on a dime and can respond to our customers’ needs.” The successful introduction of totally new concepts (as opposed to “me too” products) into the guitar market have led to Graph Tech’s booming success.

Based in Canada, Graph Tech’s business is steadily increasing. Housing the entire operation in a state-of-the-art facility, Dave takes a hands-on approach from product design and manufacturing to marketing and shipping. Graph Tech distributes their products worldwide through select distributors such as: All Parts, St. Louis Music, Harris Teller, Stewart MacDonald, Aria UK, Moridaira (Japan), Coast Music (Canada) and many others. What is the reaction from the players around the world? Week after week, customers write us unsolicited letters and emails letting us know that this is the first product that they’ve ever bought that actually does what it says it would do (imagine that!).

For over twenty years Graph Tech Guitar Labs has pioneered the development of innovative products designed to improve the guitar-playing experience by solving common problems and improving sound quality. Starting with the original “graphite nut”, our product line has burgeoned to six recognized brands that address everything from string breakage to tuning problems to MIDI compatibility. Underscoring it all is a commitment to tonal fidelity.

Well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it!  We look forward to using this blog to educate and inspire you and to share a little more about who we are, and why we do what we do.

We’ll change the way you play!