I started building custom electric guitars with my father in the 90’s.
My dad, Monroe Schellinger III, came up with the design style of the MSIII traditional electric guitar. Dad – MS III – was a musician. We built custom guitars together for professional musicians. His interest in music rubbed off on my brothers and me! When I was in a rock band with my brothers and friends, we’d sometimes have the honor of Dad joining us on stage for a song or two with the band. Those were the days! Unfortunately, Dad passed in 2002.
A few years ago, while helping my mom reorganize closets (including finally getting my own things from my youth in order), I stumbled across the original guitar body my Dad and I built when I was about 22. That led me to complete the building of the original “MS III.”
Later the same year, I attended theMuscle Cars & Corvette Nationals Show in Rosemont, IL. On display with some of the cars, they had guitars painted the same body colors as the cars they were paired with. Since I had a renewed interest – passion, really – for making semi-hollow body custom electric guitars I came up with a great idea. I could create guitars and add the cars theme to them!
In 2016 I custom built a guitar with the theme of our 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. The guitar was on display at Corvette Funfest’s 20th Anniversary of the Corvette Grand Sports celebration. I also made a custom electric guitar in the theme of Ramo Stott’s number 7 Superbird.
With my background of music & cars, I’m merging the two together building custom electric guitars.
After all, they say you should do what you love, and love what you do!
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