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Blackwater River Guitars

Larry Sakayama


I build guitars in my shop in Wirtz, VA. Self taught - finished my first guitar in October 2009.

I make only a few guitars a year, some being prototypes for ones I build for friends. The prototypes, so far, have all been built from recycled/reclaimed wood. Beyond guitars, I've built a 6 string banjo, mountain dulcimers, small boats, and other stuff.

I'm a member of the Blue Ridge Luthiers, the Guild of American Luthiers, and the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association.

I play in a band called the Panini Brothers - a bunch of great guys playing original music.


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Works in Progress (Nov 2015) - Hard Water Guitars

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Completed Instruments - 2015

Cigar Box Guitar, Parlor Guitar Experiment

CBG Guitar


Completed Guitars - Oct 2012

Guitar Guitar


Completed Dulcimers - June 2012

dulcimer dulcimer


Instruments - completed and in-progress

Check back for updates on Instruments in-progress.

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