Ryan T. Welcome
Music has always been a passion for Sage Guitars founder and head luthier Ryan Welcome. With a past rooted in the underground Connecticut music scene, he spent years playing and touring as a bassist. Owning numerous instruments over the years, Ryan began to understand the difficulty that lies within the quest for that all so ellusive perfect tone. A decision was made.
Ryan Keefe's guitar building career began when he took a position working for Ovation instruments. While with the company he worked in the grueling finishing department, sanding and buffing over 25 guitars a day. It was there he met Ryan Welcome who was helping Ovation convert to a new finishing product. "Ryan Keefe is a total workhorse, I remember thinking this guy has serious potential," recalls Welcome. While working together they developed a friendship and started the groundwork for a great team. When Ryan Welcome left Hamer to start Sage Guitars, Keefe expressed interest in coming aboard and within months became Welcome's apprentice, and business partner. "It was a big deal allowing someone to become a partner in the business. I've been developing these basses for over 8 years and had several other offers before, but Ryan Keefe was the only person that I thought wouldn't drive me crazy. He's totally self motivated as well as a pleasure to teach and work with."