I started off my working life as a precision engineer, and I was lucky enough to be trained by a couple of people whose skill (and attitude) I'm still in awe of.
Then, after realising there are never going to be women in the workshop (& the industrial accidents were mounting up due to boredom), i went to uni to study audio electronics.
In my 2nd year i wound up working on guitars every saturday at a great local music store and I'm still here all these years later.
I was wondering - how many repair guys here were trained in engineering first?
I can see a difference between those that are and those that came to it through another route, luthier school etc
hard to say which I think is better, but I have to say if i was going to do it all again I'd still go with the steel prec eng route.
Anyone have any opinion on the best route?
Part of the reason I ask is that I'll be needing to take an apprentice soon and I think i'd prefer an guitar playing prec engineer over a luthier fresh out of a school...I feel the foundations are more solid for the long term, and the schools around here don't seem that good to be honest.
..but it obviously also depends on the person. Its just that I use my eng backround everyday - and it does me ok... so far!!