Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments, builders of mandolin family instruments, plus arch top and resonator guitars, has been acquired by Two Old Hippies, LLC, the parent company of Bedell and Breedlove guitars.
The instruments will continue to be handmade by Bruce Weber and Bruce Weber, Jr., with their shop moving from Montana to Oregon next year.
Two Old Hippies is located in Bend, OR and is managed by Molly and Tom Bedell. Their company not only builds and distributes guitars, they also have a line of hippie-inspired clothing which is sold online and in a pair of retail stores (Nashville and Aspen), along with jewelry and accessories.
More details from a press release earlier this month…
Bruce Weber will oversee instrument development and quality, as well as guiding the build processes, ultimately continuing as the patriarch of all Weber instruments. In addition, this move will allow Mr. Weber to return to his first love: hand-building exquisite Weber instruments from his shop in Montana. In March 2013 Weber craftspeople will be relocating from Logan, Montana to Bend, Oregon to build Weber instruments under the guidance of Mr. Weber.
“My dream of creating a team to build extraordinary acoustic instruments is coming true,” comment Bedell. “I get to work side-by-side with Kim Breedlove, Bruce Weber and a whole team of experienced and dedicated craftspeople that love building extraordinary custom instruments.”
Weber added, “Our ability to create amazing and unique instruments will expand incredibly with the capabilities of Tom’s new facility and the resources now available to us. I’m honored to be included in Tom’s dream and admire his dedication in assembling a great team in a great location to build awesome acoustic instruments.”
Two Old Hippies also sells high quality guitars from other builders and manufacturers online.