Before Jake was promoted to lead craftsman, he worked in the body department, and he still holds the shop record for the most bodies assembled by one person.
Before he started building guitars, Jake worked as a short-order cook. His experience in the kitchen was the ideal training ground for the intensity of the production environment; he learned how to work hard and remain cool under pressure. As a guitar player, he has a deep appreciation for both the beauty and tonal properties of the exquisite tonewoods in the Bedell Wood Library.
A Central Oregon native, Jake is the son of a welder and a piano player and the grandson of a mandolin player – he has music and craftsmanship in his blood. Jake’s dad taught him to weld at the tender age of 7. When he was 14, Jake saved enough money moving pipe to buy a guitar from the local pawn shop; he learned five chords from a library book, and formed a band called The Kronk Men with
two friends. They’ve been playing together since 1998. Jake can’t believe it’s been 15 years. He said, “It’s like we’re the Rolling Stones of Central Oregon.” He plays with The Kronk Men around Bend regularly and is known for his unconventional playing style. When not building bodies for Bedell, or shredding on stage, Jake spends his time taking care of his family, skateboarding, and hanging out with his rad dog, Rudy.
- BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCE?
- Latin Beats, post-punk.
- FIRST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT AS A KID?
- Nirvana, “In Utero.”
- BEST LIVE SHOW YOU’VE SEEN?
- Nick Cave, 2009, Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon.
- FAVORITE SOUND?
- Reverb-drenched electric guitar.
- WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
- Guitar effects boxes.
- FAVORITE ADULT BEVERAGE?
- Maker’s Mark.
- FAVORITE BANDS AT THE MOMENT?
- T-Rex, Jesus Lizard, Daughters.
- PERSONAL HEROES?
- Dad, Mom, and Jimi Hendrix.