Driven by a passion to create one of a kind works of art, Chris Alvarado pours his heart and soul into every instrument he makes. Since 2006, he has been handcrafting guitars that pay tribute to the craftsmen of the past, while keeping an eye towards the future of building innovations.
Chris makes it his goal to get to know every customer that commissions a piece, in order to build a truly custom instrument; one that not only looks like the guitar they have been dreaming of, but one that feels and sounds even far greater than those dreams. He helps to guide every client through the build process and encourages feedback while including the customer every step of the way.
In January of 2021, Chris decided to grow his company and made his first hire, Matt Miller. Matt grew up in the Florida Panhandle playing music for most of his life before completing a mechanical engineering degree from UCF in 2015. It was this passion for art and science (and his long-standing, brutally sarcastic friendship with Chris) that made him a perfect fit for Driftwood Guitars. Together, Chris and Matt have not only enjoyed working together on some revolutionary guitar designs and builds, they have also grown their Youtube channel to over 45k subscribers and collaborated with Stewmac on a three-part video series.
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For their charity of choice, Chris and Matt have a personal reason for selecting The Lowe Syndrome Association. Chris’ son, Hayden, was diagnosed with this incredibly rare genetic disorder in 2019. Lowe Syndrome is still a largely unstudied and incredibly underfunded disorder. For more information, you can go to www.lowesyndrome.org.