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Below is a partial list of companies where our graduates have been placed.


While Roberto-Venn cannot guarantee placement for its graduates, we maintain contacts with almost every major guitar manufacturer and provide updated lists of companies that are recruiting our students and graduates.

A placement team consisting of Instructor Jim Prater, Assistant School Director Bart Applewhite, and Media Director John Lippi meet with students to help plan their career path after leaving Roberto-Venn. Many opportunities exist in today’s growing field of guitar making and repair, and students are encouraged to apply for employment according to their interests and areas where they wish to live.

Major manufacturers such as Paul Reed Smith, Santa Cruz, Collings, Goodall, Taylor, Martin, Fender and Gibson have hired R-V graduates, as well as countless small building operations and repair shops.


Alvarez Guitars, St. Louis, MO
Applause Guitars/Kaman Music, Bloomfield, CT
Athlete Acoustic Basses & Guitars, New York, NY


B.C. Rich Int., Hesperia, CA
Bella Guitars, Chalmette, LA
Benedetto Guitars, Riverview, FL
Benedict Guitar Co., Minneapolis, MN
Bently Guitars, St. Louis, MO
Best Guitar Parts, Tacoma, WA

Bossa Co., North Hollywood, CA
Dana Bourgeois, Lewiston, ME
Breedlove Guitar Co., Tumalo, OR
BSX Bass Inc., Aliquippa, PA
Buscarino Guitars Inc., Largo, FL


Carvin, San Diego, CA
Chandler Guitars, Burlingame, CA
Charvel/IMC, Fort Worth, TX
Citron Guitars & Basses, Woodstock, NY
Collings Guitars Inc., Austin, TX
Conklin Guitars, Springfield, MO
Curbow String Instruments Inc., Morgantown, GA


D’Angelico Guitars, Merrick, NY
Deering Banjos, Lemon Grove, CA
Dingwall Guitars, Saskatoon SK, Canada
Dupont Guitars, Santa Cruz, CA


Eastman Guitars, Los Angeles, CA

ESP Guitar Co., Hollywood, CA
Elrick Bass Guitars, Chicago, IL
Emmons Guitar Co., Burlington, NC
Epiphone Co., Nashville, TN
Erlewine Guitars, Austin, TX
Ernie Ball/Music Man, San Luis Obispo, CA
Everett Guitars, Atlanta, GA
Everly Guitars, Paradise, CA


Fender Musical Instruments, Scottsdale, AZ
Fernandes Guitars USA Inc., North Hollywood, CA
Fodera Guitars, Brooklyn, NY


Gallagher Guitar Co., Wartrace, TN
Gibson (Montana), Bozeman, MT
Gibson (Nashville), Nashville, TN
Goodall Guitars, Kailua-Kona, HI
(Geoff) Gould Guitar Industries, Escondido, CA
(Kevin) Gray Guitars, Dallas, TX
Green Mountain Guitar Co., Boulder, CO
Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto, CA
(Fred) Gretsch Enterprises, Savannah, GA
Guild Custom Shop, Nashville, TN
Guitar Center, USA Nationwide 

Gurian Instruments, Seattle, WA


HAMBURGuitar, Westland, MI
Hamer, Arlington Heights, IL
Harper’s Guitars, Apple Valley, CA
Heritage Industries, Elk Grove Village, IL

Heritage Guitars, Kalamazoo, MI
Huss & Dalton Guitar Works, Staunton, VA


Jaros Guitars, Rochester, PA
Jennings-Thompson Guitars & Basses, Austin, TX


Kaman Music Corp., Bloomfield, CT
Kay Guitar Co., Fishens, IN
Ken Smith Basses, Ltd., Perkasie, PA
Klein Custom Guitars, Sonoma, CA
Korg USA, Melville, NY
Kramer Guitars, Neptune, NJ


Lakland Musical Instruments., Chicago, IL
Lindert Guitars Inc., Chelan, WA
Mike Lull’s Guitar Works, Bellvue, WA


Manea Guitars, Nashville, TN
Martin Guitar Co., Nazareth, PA
Terry C. McInturff, Holly Springs, NC
Mendelsohn Guitars, Los Angeles, CA
Modulus Guitars, Novato, CA
(Neal) Moser Guitars, Glendora, CA
Music Man/Ernie Ball, San Luis Obispo, CA


National Reso-Phonic Guitars, San Luis Obispo, CA
Novak Fanned-Fret Guitars, San Leandro, CA


Olympia Dulcimer Co., Olympia, WA
Outbound Instruments, Boulder, CO
Ovation, New Hartford, CT


Palmtree Instruments, La Jolla, CA
Parker Guitars, Westbury, NY
PBC Guitar Technology Inc., Coopersburg, PA
PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars, Stevensville, MD
Peavey Electronics Corporation, Meridian, MS
Pimentel Guitars, Puyallup, WA
Putnam Guitars, Buffalo, NY


Rainsong Graphite Guitars, Puunene, HI
Ratliff Mandolins, Church Hill, TN
Ribbecke Guitars, Santa Rosa, CA
Rickenbacker International Corp., Santa Ana, CA
Robin Guitars, Houston, TX
Ed Roman Guitars, Las Vegas, NV
Roman Lipman Guitars, Danbury, CT
Rose Guitars, Hendersonville, TN


Santa Cruz Guitar Co., Santa Cruz, CA
St. Louis Music Co., St. Louis, MO

Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, IN


Taylor Guitars, El Cajon, CA
Tobias Bass, Burbank, CA
Torzeski Guitars, El Cajon, CA
Rick Turner Guitars, Santa Cruz, CA


Warmoth Guitars, Puyallup, WA


Yamaha Guitar Development, North Hollywood, CA