Ajay is in charge of soundbox construction and voicing. He has a wonderful ear and understands how to coax the soundboard into maximum responsiveness without sacrificing structure. He plays a lot of piano and teaches music on the side. He has recently married and started a family.
Amen’s whole family is involved with us now, as his uncle, aunt, mom and dad all do contract work for our sister company, JOYN. Amen learned to play guitar as a kid by drawing strings and frets on a stick of firewood and forming the chords he saw other guys playing. Now he builds proper necks with us, and does much of our inlay work.
Dan hails from Australia. He walked into the shop one day to see what we could do with his busted guitar, and we never let him leave. Dan spends his time training the other guys and developing new jigs and build processes.
Rahul and Vishal have been best friends since they were kids, and they both grew up within a stone’s throw of the shop. Rahul sings while he works, and smiles and laughs easily. He does most of the construction and brace carving for soundboards and backs.
Originally from Rajasthan, Surendher joined the team in June of 2012. He managed the entire operation for a time, but has since moved back to Rajasthan to be closer to his family. We miss him a ton, but he still does a lot of wood sourcing for us.
Tenzin was born and raised in a Tibetan hill station just 1 hour north of Dehradun. Heʼs been around since our earliest days. He was in charge of the finishing process for a long time, certainly one of the most difficult parts of building these guitars. He’s recently begun to transition over to learn more of the build process. He loves to work. He loves to laugh. He loves his wife Selma.
TP was born in Delhi, raised in Nepal, and has been back in the Dehradun area since he was 14. Heʼs incredibly talented and does well at everything he puts his mind to – from music, to soccer, to dancing, to work. TP was one of DGCʼs first apprentices and brings dedication, loyalty and excellence to the shop every day. He’s in charge of training, quality control, assembly and setup. He recently got married. He and Kunga are expecting their first child.
Vishal is currently training a couple guys how to do binding, while he cross-trains into the finishing department. He has also worked building soundboxes and necks, and excels at everything he puts his hands to.